Humane Officer’s Investigation Leads to Arrest & Sentencing

San Bernardino- Francine Lucas was sentenced today to serve time in jail as well as three years probation in which she will not be allowed to own an animal and has been removed from the San Bernardino County Children and Family foster parent program. She entered a plea of guilty on February 15, 2011 to the felony charge of animal cruelty. Additionally, Lucas will owe restitution to the Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley as well as the other civil organizations involved in the cruelty case.

Humane Officers responded to a report of cruelty and neglect at Lucas’ home in Highland on April 23, 2010 where they found “Lucky,” a small white terrier. Lucky was matted, dehydrated, underweight, and missing a portion of his left rear leg. He had been attacked by a pit bull and had to chew off the wounded portion of his leg, leaving the bone exposed, after not receiving the most basic veterinary care. Ms. Lucas hadn’t been feeding him nor did she provide him with adequate shelter. Immediately taken into protective custody by the Humane Officers, Lucky was finally given the care he needed. After what remained of his leg was amputated by HSSBV vet, Dr. Krone, Lucky was adopted by a loving family and now leads a healthy, happy life.

A report was promptly filed with the District Attorney’s office by the Humane Officer’s for criminal prosecution against Lucas, which led to her arrest and sentencing. Lucky appeared in court today accompanied by the Humane Officer who rescued him, who was asked to give the victim impact statement on behalf of Lucky.

Below is a photo of Lucky the day he was found as well as a recent photo of Lucky in his new home.

The Humane Society of San Bernardino Valley operates a vital low-cost spay/neuter and vaccination clinic, has a humane education program for children in grades K-6, and has two cruelty investigators on staff to address abuse and neglect of pets in our community. Without your support, these programs would not be possible.