OC Fire Authority Employee Pleads Guilty to Fatally Shooting, Dumping Pit Bull

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An Orange County Fire Authority worker who was charged with shooting his 4-year-old pit bull and dumping the canine's carcass successful a trash bin astatine his workplace successful Irvine accepted a plea Wednesday that ordered him to execute 250 hours of assemblage service.

Ryan John Monteleone of Menifee, 46, pleaded blameworthy to a misdemeanor number of putting a carcass of a dormant carnal connected the road. As portion of the plea deal, a felony number of cruelty to animals was dismissed and helium was placed connected 3 years of informal probation and indispensable implicit the assemblage work by April 1 of adjacent year, according to tribunal records.

Monteleone could person faced up to 3 1/2 years successful custody if convicted astatine trial.

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Monteleone worked arsenic a dense occurrence instrumentality relation for the occurrence authorization for 4 years and was not a firefighter, Colleen Windsor, a spokeswoman for the OCFA, said erstwhile helium was charged successful November 2019.

He remained connected work astatine that time, but it was not wide if helium is inactive connected the job.

He was arrested by Irvine constabulary connected Oct. 17, 2019, according to Kimberly Edds of the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

A Waste Management trash motortruck operator recovered the dog's assemblage wrong the trash bin astatine a occurrence presumption connected Fossil Road successful Irvine connected Aug. 9, 2019, Edds said. The canine had been changeable successful the head, she said.

Monteleone's attorney, Rod Pacheco, did not instantly respond to a petition for comment.

The defendant's attorneys filed a question successful January of past twelvemonth to disregard charges based connected an statement that helium killed the canine astatine his ranch home, truthful the lawsuit should person been filed successful Riverside County.

Monteleone's woman told investigators that the household adopted the canine astir a twelvemonth earlier the canine was killed, but that the carnal had attacked a donkey and an Amazon operator and killed a favored cat, according to the tribunal filing.

The household antecedently had to enactment down different favored and the measure was "significant," according to the motion. The household astatine the clip was "suffering terrible fiscal restraints," truthful the mates decided to termination the dog, according to the motion.

The mates discussed "the situation they faced, a unsafe pit bull that attacked pets, livestock and people, the beingness of their young sons and their inability to spend a sizable veterinarian measure for putting the unsafe carnal down," the attorneys said successful the tribunal papers.

So Monteleone "took the pit bull into their barn and changeable the canine 1 time," according to the motion.

The pursuing time helium took the dog's assemblage to a dumpster adjacent his workplace astatine an Irvine Fire Department Station and dumped it, the attorneys said.

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