Justice for Three Murdered Family Dogs in San Diego
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San Diego man "Patrick Caleb Land" , 25 was charged with brutally beating to death his girlfriend's three dogs.
According to investigators, Land was living with his girlfriend and her three dogs,
Josh, Pikanik and Jackie. .
In September, Land called his girlfriend at work and told her that he found one of her dogs,
"Josh", 8yrs old - a Great Pyrenees and Golden Retriever mix ... dead in the bedroom of the house.
On October 14 , three weeks after the death of the first dog, Land called the woman again and said he found her other two dogs dead in a bedroom.
This time, she became suspicious and took the animals to a veterinarian for a necropsy.
One was a 9-year-old white shepherd mix named Jackie, and the other was a 4-year-old black and tan mixed breed named Pikanik.
"Jackie and Pikanik both died from severe trauma with apparent intention to kill them,"
from a report from the veterinarian that examined the dogs.
"They both appear to have been brutally beaten while restrained with something over their heads to keep them quiet and unable to bite defensively."
According to investigators, Pikanik suffered more severe injuries, suggesting he struggled more and was harder to silence.
Animal Service officers interviewed Land about the dogs' deaths on Oct. 15.
Land fled San Diego the next day and was arrested April 19 in Greensboro, N.C., officials said.
Investigators eventually tracked him down in North Carolina and extradited him to San Diego.
Land, who had scratches on him after Jackie and Pikanik died, said they happened when he fell into a bush, according to the prosecutor Randall.
However investigators believe DNA evidence found on Pikanik's nails links Land to the killings.
"The dog's front claws were preserved. (Land's) DNA was found under Pikanik, the younger dog's nails," said Randall.
Sentencing DATE IS SET: Tuesday November 8th at 1:30pm,
Department 31 #rd Floor
Hall of Justice -
330 W. Broadway San Diego, Ca 92101
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