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California Appeals Court Upholds One Year Sentence for Man Who Viciously Murdered Chihuahua Cha Cha

Thanks to the SFGate.com for this article. Conviction upheld in killing of dog Bob Egelko Saturday, April 21, 2007 A state appeals court upheld a...

Joy  |  Apr 21st 2007


Thanks to the SFGate.com for this article.

Conviction upheld in killing of dog
Bob Egelko

Saturday, April 21, 2007

A state appeals court upheld a San Francisco man’s conviction Friday for killing his girlfriend’s dog, a 16-month-old Chihuahua named Cha Cha.

Kathy Rivera told police she left Chad Jacobsen alone with the dog in the Leavenworth Street apartment they shared in August 2005. She returned and found Cha Cha dead in a closet and Jacobsen asleep in bed. A county veterinarian said the dog had suffered numerous blunt-force injuries and may have been killed by a kick to the abdomen.

Jacobsen said he had always gotten along well with Cha Cha and denied attacking the dog.

A jury convicted him last year of intentionally and maliciously killing an animal, and he was sentenced to a year in jail.

In today’s ruling, the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco said the officer’s statement, and the fact that the dog was fine when Rivera left it alone with Jacobsen, were enough evidence to support the conviction.