Saturday, July 15, 2017

California: Patti Guy speaks with police about the killing of three dogs at Vonna Hughes' pet boarding facility; investigation ongoing

CALIFORNIA -- PATTI GUY, the woman wanted in connection with the situation at the pet bath house in Angels Camp turned herself into Angels Camp Police custody on Thursday, July 13, but an arrest was not made.

Guy was interviewed twice, and leads were investigated following the interview, but a decision was made not to place her under arrest at this time.

The investigation remains open, and the location of Steven Mendoza's three dogs remain unknown. According to Angels Camp police, Guy will remain a suspect in this case.

Original Story (Monday, July 10):

An Angels Camp woman was arrested and another is wanted by the Angels Camp Police Department on suspicion of allegedly killing three dogs under the care of her kennel, according to officials.

The owner of the dogs contacted Angels Camp police on Friday, July 7, and reported that he believed his dogs were illegally killed while under the care of VONNA HUGHES, 68, co-owner of the Pet Bath House boarding and grooming facility on Main Street, in Angels Camp, California.


Previous to moving his dogs to the Pet Bath House, the owner of the dogs boarded them at a kennel in Valley Springs, where they stayed for 18 months after the owner lost his home in the Butte Fire. According to police, he visited the dogs on a regular basis, but in mid-June he was advised that the dogs were showing signs of “kennel stress” and would have to be moved.

Police report that the victim moved the dogs to the Pet Bath House on June 21. Eight days later he received a call from Hughes, who advised him that the dogs escaped and got into a fight with another dog and needed veterinary attention.


Hughes then asked the victim to compensate her for the ensuing veterinary bills, which the victim did.

Why is she making the owner pay the bills? It's her fault the dogs escaped and either got into a fight with another dog or was attacked by another dog and was injured.

A second-incident was reported to the dog’s owner on July 1. Hughes allegedly told the owner of the dogs that they were involved in another fight, this time causing injuries to the other dogs and Hughes as well.

A day later, Hughes allegedly called the dog owner again to notify him that the three dogs were “put down” due to aggressive behavior and indicated to the victim that police were involved in the matter.

On July 4, Angels police obtained the information and an investigation commenced. It was discovered that Hughes allegedly provided false details to Calaveras County Animal Services regarding the status of the dogs and the severity of the injuries. According to Angels police, the victim’s call was the first call they received on the matter.

According to officials, Hughes initially told Animal Services that the dogs were returned to the custody of the owner. She later advised police that the dogs were released.

However, it was discovered that Hughes arranged for a third party to “take care” of the dogs. Angels Camp police later identified 60-year-old, PATTI GUY as being involved in the alleged slayings.

Thus far, PATTI GUY has been uncooperative in the investigation and is currently wanted for charges related to animal abuse, including killing, maiming or abusing animals and stealing or defrauding animals.

VONNA HUGHES was arrested and booked into Calaveras County Jail on multiple charges related to animal cruelty, animal neglect, theft of an animal and conspiracy.

At this time, it is unknown if the dogs are alive or dead, nor the location of the dogs. The investigation is still ongoing.

According to the police press release, the investigating officer believes that the three dogs have been killed in a felonious manner and is currently attempting to gather additional information.

If you happen to see Patti Guy, do not approach or attempt to detain her, police said. Instead, report her location to Angels Camp Police Department by calling 736-2567.

Photos from her Facebook page 

(Calaveras Enterprise - July 13, 2017)

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