A disturbing video was released last month which revealed a Burlingame, California dog boarding business owner slamming a tiny dog into the ground. The Mercury News reported today that Linda Joy Levac, who was seen abusing the dog on cellphone footage taken on July 30, has been charged with one count of animal cruelty.
According to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, Levac was charged with a misdemeanor and posted $10,000 bail, but she is due to appear in court tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. And while the video depicting animal abuse was disturbing, animal advocates state that this isn’t Levac’s first incidence of animal abuse. According to Scott Delucchi, spokesman for the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA (PHS/SPCA), the organization has received multiple animal abuse complaints about Levac in the past.
Shortly after the video was released on July 30, the Peninsula Humane Society asked for help in identifying the dog and the person in the footage. Scott Delucchi stated that he was happy with the speed in which the case was moving forward. Delucchi stated: “We continue to believe this woman should not care for others’ pets. What we saw very clearly on camera sickened and saddened us.”
The video footage revealed Levac grabbing, hitting, and slamming an unknown dog to the ground. KTVU News reported last week that the footage was recorded by a neighbor of the boarding facility, who used their cell phone to capture the incident.
PHS/SPCA is hoping that other dog owners who have used this boarding facility come forward if they have concerns. Delucchi stated: “If we hear from other dog owners who have hired this woman to care for their dogs and had bad experiences, they may become part of the report we deliver to the district attorney’s office.”
Last week, after PHS/SPCA investigators visited Levac’s residence, it seized 11 dogs due to fears over the dogs’ health and safety. The dogs who had been boarded at the facility were returned to their owners, but according to PHS/SPCA, the owner’s three dogs have been placed into protective custody. As of this writing, the dogs have not yet been returned.
PHS/SPCA stated on its Facebook page that it has received multiple complaints from neighbors about the way that this person has handled animals. Its Facebook page stated: “Dog owners who believe this dog may be theirs, residents who have knowledge of other dogs possibly harmed by this dog sitter or who have had bad or troubling experiences using this person’s dog sitting or boarding services are encouraged to contact PHS/SPCA immediately.”
While not all of the alleged acts of animal abuse have been documented, PHS/SPCA received two other videos in May. One of the clips revealed Levac stomping on a dog. It is unclear at this time if the dogs or the owners of the dogs have been identified.