Guard dog businessman faces animal cruelty charges

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – The owner of a Southern California guard dog rental business has been arrested after dead and malnourished animals were found on his property.

The Torrance Daily Breeze says 51-year-old Charles Ferguson was arrested Tuesday.

He was charged with three felony and nine misdemeanor counts following an investigation by Los Angeles humane society officers.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison and fined $240,000.

Authorities say an anonymous tip led humane officers to Ferguson’s J.R. Ewing Guard Dogs Inc. in the unincorporated Athens area near Gardena.

Investigators found dead dogs and several animals that appeared to be malnourished.

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