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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What’s happening in case of woman accused of stealing, torturing dogs?

Q: What happened to the young woman who was accused of stealing dogs out of yards and hanging them?

Sharon, Sacramento

A: Kayla Lynn Wright, 23, was arrested in early January in connection with the theft and torture of dogs in Carmichael.

She is charged with grand theft of an animal and felony animal torture. According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, she is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 1.

The crimes were reported in late December. According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, on Dec. 26, a dead dog was found in a garbage can on Cardinal Court, near Kenneth and Garfield avenues. The animal was wrapped in a table cloth and had a stereo speaker cord, with a speaker still attached, around its neck. At the time, Sacramento County sheriff’s officials said it was not clear whether the dog was killed, accidentally strangled itself or died of natural causes.

About 7 p.m. the same day, a man on Braninburg Court reported that his two dogs went missing from his front yard. One returned with a cord around its neck and blue painter’s tape around its jaws. The other dog was later found down the street, hiding under a parked car.

Sheriff’s officials said detectives used security video in the neighborhood to tie the theft of the two dogs to a woman later identified as Wright. Further investigation allegedly established that Wright also was responsible for the death of the dog found in the garbage can.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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