Kinship Circle: ACT/ Puppy Fatally Beaten By LA Firefighter & Demo Today 11/15

November 15th, 2008 11:19 am by Kelly Garbato

Update, 12/03/08: Kinship Circle: Demo For Karley 12/03 + Comments Still Needed

Update, 11/20/08: See also: Six-Month Old Puppy Killed By Assistant Fire Chief In Riverside, California, an action alert from In Defense of Animals (IDA).

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From: Kinship Circle – kinshipcircle [at]
Date: Sat, Nov 15, 2008 at 9:56 AM
Subject: Demo for Karley 11/15 – Puppy Fatally Beaten By L.A. Firefighter

Kinship Circle is forwarding the announcement below about a demo TODAY for Karley, the brutally killed puppy we issued an alert about on 11/14/08.

If you live in this California area, or know others who do, please cross-post the message below (quickly).

Contact: Lindy Greene
lindygreene [at]

—— Forwarded Message
From: Lindy Greene – lindygreene [at]
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2008 07:33:20 -0800
Subject: RE: Demonstration for Karley

Los Angeles Assistant Fire Chief Glynn Johnson sits comfortably in his Riverside County home on paid administrative leave while the brutal beating of his neighbor’s 6-month-old puppy, Karley – which resulted in a crushed skull, dislocated eye, broken jaw, and broken nose – is being investigated.

The puppy had to be put down because of the degree of her suffering and the fact that she sustained permanent brain damage. The perp is claiming “self-defense” for his actions.

We are meeting at 2:00 P.M. on the corner of Washington St. and Van Buren Blvd. in Riverside County, CA 92504 on Saturday, November 15, 2008.

(See directions and/or access Map Quest link below.)

This time is a little better, as Riverside is a bit far for most of us. If you can bring a sign, great. Something simple – like “Justice for Karley” – is all you need. If not, the most important things to bring are yourselves and your outrage over what befell this little dog at the hands of Puppy Killer Los Angeles Asst. Fire Chief Glynn Johnson.

I’ll see what I can do about writing up some leaflets. They won’t be fancy, but they’ll get the information out and expose the ogre.


134 E via exit 5B toward Pasadena
210 E
57 S via exit 45 toward Santa Ana
71 S via exit 22C toward Corona
91 E
Exit toward Van Buren Blvd. / Arlington
Left onto Indiana Ave.
Right onto Van Buren Blvd.
End at corner of Washington St. and Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92504

Link to Map Quest from your location:

Lindy Greene
lindygreene [at]
(818) 445-6711

Let’s carpool / caravan and share gas!

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11/14/08: Puppy Fatally Beaten By Los Angeles Firefighter
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Investigators say they’ve collected necessary information and evidence relating to the deadly beating of a 6-month old German Shepherd mix. The Riverside County DA’s office will decide on any criminal charges…




Rod Pacheco, Riverside County District Attorney
4075 Main St.; Riverside, CA 92501
ph: 951-955-5431 or 951-955-5400; fax: 951-955-5682
*Maria Driver, DA Secretary: mwdriver [at]
*additional email: events [at]
*The above emails were the only found, connected with the Riverside DA’s Office. Kinship Circle has absolutely no guarantee either will directly reach DA Rod Pacheco.

Los Angeles Fire Chief, P. Michael Freeman
1320 North Eastern Ave.; Los Angeles, CA 90063
ph: 323-881-2411; fax: 323-265-9948
email: info [at]

L.A. County Board of Supervisors
Sachi A. Hamai, Executive Officer
383 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple St.; Los Angeles, CA 90012
ph: 213-974-1401; fax: 213-633-5100
email: executiveoffice [at], info [at]

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Dear Riverside County and Los Angeles Officials:

I write to urge rigorous prosecution in the case of Glynn Johnson, a Los Angeles County Assistant Fire Chief on administrative leave for allegedly killing his Riverside neighbor’s shepherd mix puppy. Karley’s critical injuries led to her euthanasia. She was six months old.

Brandon Toole found his family’s dog battered and bloody. Evidently, Karley had dashed across several lawns, including Johnson’s. Another neighbor, Travis Staggs, had begun to lead Karley home when Johnson reportedly struck her with a closed fist some 12 times and pounded her with an 11-inch rock.

Johnson claimed self-defense. More likely, Karley behaved as any puppy would in response to harsh handling. In fact, Jeff Toole claims Johnson’s thumb was punctured as he busted Karley’s jaw.

I suggest law enforcers and emergency responders learn to distinguish anxiety, fear and protective canine behaviors (barking, growling, nipping) from genuine hostility. All officers should be trained to neutralize animals perceived as aggressive — without resorting to lethal force.

I respectfully ask the Riverside County District Attorney to charge Johnson with malicious and intentional injuring of an animal. Please seek maximum felony penalties, including incarceration and a fine. If Johnson is convicted, he should be barred from contact with animals and ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation and therapy.

I also encourage the Los Angeles Fire Chief to terminate Johnson’s job, or at the very least, suspend him until all legal actions conclude.

Violence against animals is a well-documented precursor to violence against humans. The American Psychiatric Association lists animal cruelty as a key trait for conduct disorders. ASPCA’s Randall Lockwood, Ph.D. — who aids cruelty investigators, law enforcers and court officials — identifies animal abusers who project blame onto their victims as “repeat offenders…resistant to intervention.”

Please consider the brutality in Johnson’s actions and proceed with criminal charges. I look forward to any updates in this disturbing case.

Thank you,




Background research compiled by Bridget Soeder, Kinship Circle director/research aide, Galileao [at]


Last Chance For Animals (VIDEO)

California Fire News / LACFD: Fire Chief Investigation


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