Punish Owners of 19 Neglected Dogs

Target: California Attorney General, Kamala Harris

Goal: Prosecute couple charged with neglecting 19 dogs to the fullest extent of the law.

Police arrested a homeless couple in relation to animal cruelty charges involving 19 dogs. Two of the animals suffered such severe neglect that animal services had no choice but to euthanize them. The couple responsible, Bomon Jeong and Linda Espinoza, both spent some time in jail for the charges. Espinoza has since been released on bail but Jeong remains behind bars.

The homeless couple originally attracted the attention of law enforcement when they parked their U-Haul in a residential community. Reports say that when the police arrived to check on them, they detected a strong smell of ammonia. They then found the neglected dogs crammed into crates in the back of the U-Haul.

The dogs ranged from as young as two years old to as elderly as 16 and covered a range of breeds. These included the German shepherd, pit bull, Chihuahua, and Lhasa Apsos. In some cases multiple dogs were stuffed into the crates and all were living in their filth. The animals also suffered from matted fur, skin infections, tumors, cuts, bruises, and difficulty breathing.

It is difficult to understand how or why a homeless couple acquired and kept this many animals. However, something must be done about these situations where families and individuals keep more animals than they can reasonably care for. It is not clear what further punishment the county has in mind, but a short jail sentence is not enough. Sign your name to ensure the couple receives due punishment for the cruelty the dogs suffered at their hands.


Dear Attorney General Harris,

Contra Costa County Sheriff’s deputies recently arrested a couple charged with animal cruelty involving 19 dogs. The couple reportedly drew the attention of law enforcement after parking their U-Haul in a residential community.

When police arrived to check the U-Haul they allegedly found 19 dogs crammed into cages in the back. The trailer also smelled strongly of ammonia due to the mess the animals had created, which had not been cleaned up.

As a result of the reported terrible living conditions, the animals suffered from a number of health problems. These included mated fur, difficulty breathing, skin infections, and malnutrition. In fact, two dogs were in such a terrible state that animal services had to make the difficult decision to put them down.

Since the arrest, the couple has spent some time in jail. Espinoza is out on bail but Jeong is still behind bars. It is not clear what further action the state intends to take but I urge you to ensure the couple is punished to the fullest extent of the law, if found guilty. This not only helps to protect animals but protects the state from spending more and more money on correcting these issues when they get out of hand.


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  1. Shelli Schmidt says:

    How many animals are living like this, the actual figure would probably be a a rude awakening for us all.

  2. Lajeanne Leveton says:

    I disagree with the article…..this is not a normal “family” which has more dogs than they can take care of! THAT type of phrasing implies that there should be rules and regulations as to how many pets a family can have…..yet another “big brother” type of rule, and very stupid…..cases should be judged on a case by case basis….I know of a vet tech who lives in the country and has 10 dogs: well fed, well tended, given a lot of attention and play time, kept up to date with veterinary needs etc…..no comparison between HER and these losers!

    THESE people sound like they may be dog hoarders….just because they travel around in a u-haul doesn’t mean they can’t be! AND most hoarders are believed by experts to be mentally ill….not that I’m saying their treatment of the dogs should be excused, but they should be allowed to own no more than one or two dogs at the MOST, and satisfy authorities that they are taking good care of them, feeding them, etc appropriately…..they should also have to have treatment for their mental illness.

  3. shaela Strata says:

    No more than 4 companion animals, with allowable exceptions to licenced shelters/rescues/sanctuaries or proof of proper vet papers on all animals in vetted health (as good as health as they can be in according to a vet.

    In the case of the vet tech, with 10 dogs, she should be declared a sanctuary.

    Hoarders, “rescues” without enough means, and puppy/breeding mills must be stopped. also no selling live animals bred purely for profit at pet stores.

    Pet stores should only exist tp provide responsible pet parents a place to get supplies, not a place to get profit bred animals.

    Pets should only be obtained from shelters, or hobbiest experts, for a nominal fee. They should not be sold as expendable merchandise!

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