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Save Malibu the Dog - Arrest Shalanon Brooks for Animal Cruelty

Shalanon Brooks left her dog Malibu in a parked car at Six Flags. The dog was saved by staff but broke free after being revived, and for some reason, the dog was returned to her - Charges for animal cruelty must be filed against her!

We are here to demand that authorities in California charge Shalanon Brooks with animal cruelty and negligence for leaving her emotional support dog Malibu locked in her car in the parking lot of Six Flags Magic Mountain.

If not for the Six Flags staff who broke into the car and rescued Malibu, she could have died in the severe heat that she was saved from.

Malibu escaped from the care of park staff and was lost for several days but in a surprising development, Malibu was found and returned to Shalanon Brooks.

This cannot be allowed to happen! Malibu deserves better!

Penal Code 597.7 PC California’s law against leaving an animal in an unattended vehicle prohibits leaving an animal (or animals) in an unattended car if…by doing so…you endanger the health or well-being of the animal. Under this law, conditions such as:

- the weather (is the temperature too hot or too cold?),

- a lack of adequate ventilation (are the windows open or at least cracked?),

- a lack of food or water (will the animal become malnourished or dehydrated?), and

- any other circumstance that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability or death to the animal

As long as your animal doesn’t suffer great bodily injury, a first-time conviction only subjects you to a maximum $100 fine per animal. However, if the animal does suffer great bodily injury, you face a misdemeanor, punishable by up to $500 and a maximum six-month county jail sentence.

A second or subsequent conviction subjects you to the same jail sentence and fine regardless of whether the animal suffers any injury at all.

In addition, law enforcement officers (including animal control officers and humane officers) who see an animal in a car that appears to be suffering are legally permitted to do whatever is necessary to remove the animal from the car.

This means that in addition to the penalties listed above, you may have to pay to repair a broken window or door lock if the officer had to break into your car to remove the allegedly endangered animal.

Finally, because leaving an animal in an unattended car may also be considered an act of animal neglect, prosecutors could choose to file additional charges under the more serious offense of Penal Code 597 PC California’s animal abuse law.6 If convicted of this crime, you face up to three years in the California state prison.


If convicted under penal code 597 PC a person convicted could face up to 3 years in a federal prison.

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