Jul 30, 2010

Man accused of hogtying pit bull to stand trial

A Lamont area man accused of hogtying a pit bull and abandoning it in a field will be arraigned Aug. 6 on two felony counts and a misdemeanor charge.

James D. Worley, 52, was ordered to stand trial on two counts of cruelty to animals and a misdemeanor count of abandoning a dog following a preliminary hearing Wednesday in the Lamont division of Kern County Superior Court.

The crimes are punishable by up to three years in prison.

Worley has admitted to investigators that he dumped the pit bull, since named England, in a field after it bit someone and the property owner told him to get rid of the dog, according to investigative reports.

However, Worley denied tying up the dog.

The dog was found April 22 in a muddy field southwest of Lamont. It had boot laces wrapped tightly around its mouth, neck and legs.

An animal rescue group associated with actress Katherine Heigl picked up the dog with the intention of rehabilitating it for possible future adoption.

Pit Bull owners need to push for breed specific legislation, to help keep Pit Bulls out of the hands of idiots and animal abusers.

tags: abandoned, animal cruelty, foundation, friends of the kern county animal shelters foundation, heigl, hogtied, james worley, england


  1. i don't know what possesses people to dispose of animals in such a way. shoot it, take it to the vet to be euthanized or call ac. it takes much less energy, both mental and physical than hog tying a dog and dumping it in a field. there is no reason for this cruelty.

  2. Cases like this are the strongest argument for BSL. BSL can keep pits out of the hands of these kinds of people. It is beyond me why the nutters want this kind of cruelty to continue to their beloved breed.


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