- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) - Prosecutors say a former assistant superintendent with the Palmdale Unified School District has been sentenced to nine months in jail on a felony dogfighting charge.

Pauline Ruth Winbush pleaded no contest last month to a single count of possession with intent for dogfighting and animal neglect.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Friday that Winbush, 53, and her 52-year-old boyfriend, Kevin Williams, must also complete 24 animal cruelty classes and pay restitution.

Williams, who pleaded no contest to the same charge, was sentenced Thursday to a year in jail.

Both are barred from owning or living with animals for 10 years.

Animal control officers who searched the couple’s home in 2014 said they found dogs in crates filled with feces and urine.

Nineteen dogs had to be euthanized.


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