Gallegos had some type of relationship with Carl Dixon, of Los Angles, who is believed to have been the owner of the dogs. Both of their names were on a lease for the Avocado Lane property, as presented as evidence in court. Mr. Dixon, who once bragged about his award-wining show dogs at a Riverside County Board of Supervisors meeting, was in custody in Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles on unrelated charges.
Telephone conversations between Ms. Gallegos and Mr. Dixon on jail recordings were presented in court as evidence. The recordings, said the judge, illustrated that Ms. Gallegos had knowledge that the dogs needed help. Mr. Dixon told her during one conversation that she needed to help the dogs “or they will die.” Ms. Gallegos responded, “I know.”
Commander Mayer provided testimony about the evidence he and his fellow officers gathered in support of the initial arrest warrant for Ms. Gallegos. Later on Thursday, veterinary Dr. Sara Strongin testified about the health of the dogs. Many of the dogs were impounded with body condition scores (BCS) scores of 1 (emaciated) and 2 (very thin), Dr. Strongin testified. One dog succumbed to its condition immediately upon impound, she said.
All but three of the dogs were transferred to Riverside County’s rescue group partner organizations, including 11 to Wags & Walks, a Los Angeles-based group. Riverside County euthanized three of the dogs after all efforts to rescue them were exhausted.