On December 10, 2010
From Kern County Animal Control:
"The Bakersfield Police Department responded to a report of animal cruelty and located Lacey, a 6 ½ pound mixed breed which was tethered on a short leash to a tree. Lacey was reportedly struck in the mouth with a golf club, had her eyes sprayed with bleach and was left untreated. Lacey’s owner was arrested for animal cruelty among other charges. Officers took Lacey to Animal Emergency and after Lacey was stabilized Monday, she was transported to Coffee Road Veterinary Hospital where she remains today undergoing surgery and treatment to save her eyesight."
Kern County Animal Control is one of the largest organizations in the Central Valley that rescues, houses and cares for some 32,000 lost and abandoned animals annually, enforces animal-related laws and acts to prevent cruelty to animals.
On December 22, 2010
With the holidays upon us, we at Friends Foundation want to take a moment to provide you an update on Lacey. First and foremost, thank you from the bottom of our collective hearts for your generous donations and outpouring of support. Lacey's medical needs will be met and the additional funds donated will allows us to quickly respond to medical emergencies that come up in the future, all of which is made possible by you. Again, thank you.
On May 18, 2011 Sentencing
The former owner of Lacey, has been sentenced to a year in jail and three years probation after pleading no contest to cruelty to animals and drug possession. Lacey has recovered her eyesight and appears healthy.