A Monterey resident was sentenced this week to jail time and probation after he admitted to stealing a family’s dog and releasing it in the Carmel Highlands area, according to Monterey County prosecutors.
Gregory Perkins, 45, was sentenced to 180 days custody, three years felony probation, anger management and psychological counseling on Thursday after pleading guilty to felony animal abuse and misdemeanor grand theft, according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office.
Perkins took a neighbor’s dog, Candy Cane, from their home on Aug. 24, 2012 and released the dog in Carmel Highlands, prosecutors said.
Around a week later, the dog was found and returned unharmed to the family.
Perkins, who never told the family that he had taken the dog the first time, took her again on July 21, 2013, while the family was vacationing at Disneyland.
This time, neighbors saw Perkins and discovered that Candy Cane was missing. When confronted by police and neighbors, he admitted taking the dog two times and said he had released her in Carmel Highlands.
Perkins told police the dog had been barking, but he had never reported the dog or its owners to animal control or police.
Despite months of searching, Candy Cane was never found, prosecutors said.
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