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Man Arrested on Animal Cruelty Charges in dog attack

A Grass Valley man is in jail on felony animal cruelty charges after he was seen beating a dog to unconsciousness.
On Friday evening around 6pm Nevada county Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Dog Bar Road, near the intersection of Cole road. Sheriff’s Sgt. Tim Warner says A caller reported a male subject was severely beating a dog on the side of the road.

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The man left the unconscious dog on the side of the road as he exited the area on foot.
The deputies’ investigation led them to a nearby residence where they contacted and arrested Nicholas Pocock of Grass Valley, 30 years of age, for a felony violation of cruelty to animals. Pocock was booked into the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility under $10,000 bail. Nevada County Animal Control responded and seized the dog. Animal Shelter Director Cheryl Wicks says they are looking for a responsible foster home to place the dog .

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The 10 month old dog is expected to make a full recovery .

1 Comment

April 18, 2012


I've been involved in animal welfare for many years and what I'm noticing is an increase of animal abuse. Hopefully this man will be prosecuted and will receive a punishment worthy of the horrible thing he did to his dog. Unfortunately, animal abusers far too often do not have to pay for their crimes. Unless that changes, we will continue to see these things happen with increasing frequency.

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