NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — An Orange County Fire Authority employee pleaded guilty on Wednesday in an animal death case.
46-year-old Ryan John Monteleone of Menifee accepted a plea deal, which dismissed his felony count of cruelty to animals.READ MORE: LA County Sheriff's Employee Killed, Woman Hurt After Vintage Sports Car Careens Into Pole In Temple City
Monteleone was accused of shooting his 4-year-old pit bull in the head and dumping the dog’s body in a trash bin at his workplace in Irvine, officials said.
The incident happened around August 2019, when the dog’s carcass was found by a Waste Management trash truck driver.
Monteleone, who worked as a heavy fire equipment operator for the fire authority for four years and was not a firefighter, was placed on three years of informal probation and must complete 250 hours of community service by April 1, 2022, court records state.READ MORE: Beach Erosion Suspends All Metrolink, Amtrak Service Between OC, San Diego
Monteleone’s wife told investigators that the family adopted the pit bull about a year before the dog was killed and that the animal had attacked a donkey and an Amazon driver and killed a pet cat, according to the court filing.
The family also discussed that they couldn’t afford a “sizable veterinarian bill” for putting down the animal, attorneys said in court papers.
If he was convicted at trial, Monteleone could have faced up to 3 1/2 years in custody.MORE NEWS: Man Stabbed To Death At Homeless Encampment Near Brentwood While Trying To Intervene In Domestic Dispute
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