Gustavo Gonzalez was arrested in June after police raided his Downey home and found dead dogs on the property. At the time, prosecutors charged with him 52 crimes, including 28 counts of felony animal cruelty.
In an amended complaint filed on Wednesday, prosecutors have charged Gonzalez with 21 additional crimes, including 10 more counts of felony animal cruelty, and two counts of misdemeanor child abuse, raising his number of total charges to 73.
Gonzalez’s girlfriend, Nicole Gutierrez, has also been arrested and charged with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse.
The child abuse charges stem from allegations that Gonzalez and Gutierrez kept small children in a house with dead and dying puppies smuggled in from Mexico, potentially exposing the children to zoonotics, animal diseases that can infect humans.
Gonzalez is now charged with 38 counts of felony animal cruelty, and faces 73 charges in total. He faces up to 48 years in prison, and his bond has been increased from $740,000 to $1,055,000. He remains in custody.
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Gutierrez’s bond was set at $30,000, but she was released from custody after bailing out the day of her arrest.
Gonzalez and Gutierrez have both pleaded not guilty, and their next court date is set for August 23rd.
Read the amended complaint here.
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