An Elk Grove man with a criminal history that includes child abuse and molestation has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for felony animal cruelty.
Alonzo Taylor, 56. was convicted by a Sacramento County jury on March 17. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Michael Sweet on Friday also sentenced Taylor to an additional 16 months for violation of probation, which was heard concurrently with the jury trial, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release.
On Oct. 7, 2015, Elk Grove police received two 911 calls reporting a dog being abused in a backyard. One of the callers could not see what was happening because trees blocked the view, but reported hearing the sound of something being repeatedly hit and a dog crying.
Another neighbor heard the sound and looked out an upstairs window into a neighboring backyard. She reported seeing Taylor holding a puppy off the ground by a leash that was around the puppy’s neck. She also saw Taylor strike and kick the dog and repeatedly choke it as she called 911.
An animal services officer located the puppy and Taylor. The puppy had physical injuries and there was blood, a chain and a leash in the area where the witness had seen Taylor abusing the puppy.
The puppy, which survived, was examined by a veterinarian, who determined that the dog had been choked and suffered a number of other injuries, including bruising in and around the ears, mouth and muzzle. The puppy also was missing toenails, had abrasions on all the pads of its paws and was underweight.
Taylor has a prior-strike conviction under California’s three-strikes law and four prior prison commitments, according to the District Attorney’s Office. His criminal history includes child molestation, child abuse, dissuading a witness, narcotics possession, vehicle theft, battery and failing to register as a convicted sex offender.