WEST COVINA (CBSLA) – Two married Los Angeles police officers pleaded not guilty Monday to criminal charges that they did not take proper care of their dog.
Sgt. Jason David Azpeitia, 43, and Detective Sharon Anne Azpeitia, 42, of West Covina face one felony count each of cruelty to an animal and two misdemeanor counts of failure to license, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office reported Monday.READ MORE: Deputies Shoot At Van In Norwalk Careening Towards Them
On Jan. 9, according to the DA’s office, the couple’s elderly Labrador was found by a neighbor wandering a West Covina street in the rain showing signs of severe neglect. Charges were filed against them Sept. 13.READ MORE: Chargers Fail To Capitalize On Opportunities In 20-17 Loss To Cowboys
If convicted as charged, they face a maximum sentence of three years in jail.
It was not immediately clear if their status with the police department had been affected by the charges. Jason Azpeitia is a sergeant with the LAPD’s Hollenbeck division, while Sharon Azpeitia is an LAPD detective.MORE NEWS: The Full List Of Winners Of The 2021 Emmy Awards
The DA’s office also did not disclose whether the dog had been removed from the couple’s care. The L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control is investigating.