Do Madera police and prosecutors take animal abuse cases seriously enough, or are they allowed to skate through the criminal justice system as some critics allege?
Madera Police Chief Michael Kime spoke before the Madera City Council Wednesday night and gave statistics on how animal-abuse calls are handled, followed by Assistant District Attorney Miguel Valdovinos, who gave an account of how those cases are handled in his office.
Allegations of insufficient response to animal-cruelty cases were raised in early January by volunteers of the Friends of the Madera Animal Shelter, after a poodle was found tied and suffering in a backyard on Harding Street with a rope deeply embedded in his neck. Although the dog was taken into protective custody, and attempts were made to save its life, the animal died.
The owner of the dog, Rosalba Flores, has since been arrested, charged with animal abuse and released on bond...