Woman to be honored for coming to dog’s rescue in Silver Lake

SILVER LAKE — The L.A. County District attorney will honor Tracy Richardson at a Courageous Citizen Awards Ceremony on Wednesday for her role in helping police arrest a man after he slammed his dog against fences and punched it during a walk through Silver Lake.

Here’s a summary of the incident provided by the District Attorney:

“On June 2, 2016, Tracy Richardson saw a man yelling and cursing at his dog and then use a chain wrapped around the animal’s neck to lift the dog and slam it against a metal gate. Ms. Richardson immediately called 911 and began following the man as he walked his dog through Silver Lake. She watched the man lift the dog a few more times, slamming it against a tree, a metal traffic light pole and other objects, and then punch it. Ms. Richardson followed the man until she saw him tie up the dog and walk away. She ran to check the dog’s well-being as police arrived and arrested the man.”

The man pleaded no contest to two felony counts of animal cruelty was sentenced last year to 270 days in jail, three years of probation, anger management classes. He was also ordered by the court not to own any animals.

Richardson, 55, will be one of three citizens honored for helping crime victims or preventing crimes at considerable personal risk to themselves.

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