The man arrested by Culver City Police on July 12 after locking a pitbull in his trunk and then abandoning him on a Culver City sidewalk was convicted of animal cruelty Tuesday.
Culver City police took the dog – a 6-year-old pitbull named Cruiser – to Advanced Critical Care in Culver City, where he was treated for dehydration.
On July 16, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against Thomas Naylor, 62, consisting of: one count of felony Animal Cruelty, one count of Drunk Driving, one count of Witness Intimidation, and one count of Driving without a License.
On July 30, Naylor pled no contest to Animal Cruelty and was sentenced to one year in county jail and three years formal probation.
As a condition of his probation, Naylor may not own an animal and he was ordered to pay restitution for Cruiser’s veterinarian expenses.
Cruiser has until Friday to find a new home. He is currently at SPCALA. Please call them directly at 310-676-1149 if you can help. SPCALA will extend Cruiser's time at the shelter if a rescue organization is willing to take him.
Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect that Cruiser is still looking for a home.