15 Year Prison Sentence in Animal Cruelty and Assault Case
District Attorney Jan Scully announced that the Honorable Steve White sentenced Robert Brian to 15 years, 6 months in prison. On March 27, 2014, a jury convicted Brian of three counts of felony animal cruelty, one count of assault, and one count of criminal threat.
On October 7, 2013, Brian was arrested for assaulting and threatening to shoot a female roommate after an early morning argument.
After Brian's arrest, Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation received multiple complaints regarding the grave condition of Brian's male pit bull terrier "Bubba." On October 8, 2013, the dog was impounded and immediately transported for treatment by Animal Control. The dog suffered a fractured skull and snout, trauma to the right eye and face along with a massive infection and possible chemical burns.
The investigation revealed that a neighbor observed Brian pulling the dog off the ground using a broken swing set and choking and kicking the dog forcefully multiple times. Additionally, an occupant in the home heard what she believed to be cruelty being inflicted on the dog from Brian's living quarters.
After his arrest, that occupant searched the backyard of the Brian's property and found the remains of three dogs. Only one set of remains maintained the structural integrity for a meaningful necropsy. After finding a skull and facial fractures in that set of remains, an additional count of felony animal abuse was charged against Brian. The surviving dog recovered from his fractures but has lost vision in his right eye.