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Woman accused in Carmichael dog torture case faces February trial

Kayla Lynn Wright
Kayla Lynn Wright

A February trial date has been set for Kayla Lynn Wright, accused of felony animal torture and theft connected to the abuse of two dogs in December 2014.

Wright, 23, remains free pending the Feb. 11 trial date in Sacramento Superior Court. She appeared briefly Wednesday before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Ben Davidian. Wright was scheduled to appear Monday before Davidian, but failed to show up for that hearing. Davidian issued, but stayed, a no bail warrant for Wright’s arrest after she missed her Monday appearance.

The case against Wright, 23, stems from the disturbing discoveries of abused dogs Dec. 26, 2014, in a Carmichael neighborhood. One dog was found dead in a Cardinal Court trash can wrapped in a tablecloth, its neck wrapped with stereo speaker cord with the speaker still attached, authorities said.

That night, Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies responded to a report from a man on nearby Braninberg Court who said his two dogs went missing from his front yard. One of the dogs returned with a cord around its neck and its snout taped shut. The other canine was found cowering under a nearby parked car, sheriff’s officials said at the time.

Wright was arrested a year ago, Jan. 7, 2015, on suspicion of grand theft of an animal and felony animal torture.

Sheriff’s officials said images taken from neighborhood surveillance cameras linked Wright to the animal thefts and said further investigation connected her to the death of the dog found in the trash can.

Darrell Smith: 916-321-1040, @dvaughnsmith