Man Charged With Animal Cruelty in Dog Killings

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SAN FERNANDO (CNS) - A man arrested on suspicion of killing at least two dogs in Sun Valley was charged Friday with animal cruelty.

Alejandro Flores, 45, of Sun Valley, is charged with five counts of animal cruelty, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

He is set to be arraigned Monday at the San Fernando courthouse.

Flores was arrested by officers, who were called to the 9200 block of Cayuga Avenue about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

"Witnesses advised that the suspect was in the backyard of a residence, armed with a knife and was possibly being attacked by dogs at the property," police said in a statement. "Witnesses ... advised that the suspect was also stabbing dogs at the location."

Arriving officers saw the suspect with a knife in his right hand, and saw two dead dogs in the yard, police said.

"A use-of-force occurred, and the suspect was taken into custody without further incident," police said. "Officers made contact with the homeowners and learned that the suspect was a known relative who resided at the location."

An injured dog was taken to an animal shelter in unknown condition, police said.

Flores has remained behind bars since his arrest, according to jail records.

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