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California mayor fighting conviction for animal cruelty

October 10, 2018

MAYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of the Southern California city of Maywood convicted of criminal charges says the dog in the animal cruelty case against him was not his.

Mayor Ramon Medina says in a motion filed in Los Angeles Superior Court says that prosecutors had it out for him because of his ethnicity.

The motion says the Mexican-American mayor has faced a relentless harassment campaign by Los Angeles County authorities since he announced his candidacy in 2015.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Wednesday that the motion asks for the dismissal of Medina’s conviction.

Medina has had other animal-related trouble prior to the animal cruelty case.

In February, 40 roosters were removed from the mayor’s automotive shop during an investigation.

Medina said the roosters belonged to his son.

Medina’s Tuesday sentencing was postponed to Nov. 7.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com

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