Gerber Man Arrested On Felony Animal Cruelty Charges

A Gerber man faces felony animal cruelty charges after a report of dogs locked in a car in extreme heat led to the discovery of a menagerie of abused animals. Last week a Tehama County Deputy responded after two people saw two dogs locked in crates in the back of an SUV when it was 111 degrees outside. The deputy accessed the dogs and gave them water, then noticed other animals on the property in distress. With help from other deputies, Corning and Red Bluff Police and the Tehama County Animal Care Center, the property was checked, revealing mutilated animals, goats bound in rope, injured lambs that couldn’t walk, a rotting severed bulls head, multiple animal skulls, and carcasses littered around the property. All of the many animals were emaciated and suffering. The property owner, David McGrath, was taken into custody and more than 100 animals have been seized.

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