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News Release

Wednesday, January 2, 2002

Media Relations

A Suspect is Identified and Arrested for Extreme Cruelty to Animals

Los Angeles: On Sunday, December 30, 2001, at approximately 3:00 PM., Southeast officers who responded to investigate a "Shots Fired" radio call at the 10400 block of Hickory Street, learned that a suspect had placed a "M-80" Mexican type explosive device inside a dog’s mouth and lit the fuse. The resulting blast blew off the dog’s entire lower jaw.

Animal Regulations transported the dog to a veterinary hospital, where the doctors opined the dog was beyond help and was euthanized.

Detectives from the Criminal Conspiracy Section and Explosives Section, were notified and assumed responsibility of the Post Blast Investigation. The investigation revealed the identity and location of the suspect, as well as additional M-80s type explosives and fireworks.

The suspect, 19 year-old Gil Raul Delara, a resident of Los Angeles, was arrested and booked for Igniting an Explosive Device. He was booked at Southeast Area Jail.

On December 31, 2001, the case was presented to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Lynwood Office, who filed charges against suspect Delara for Animal Cruelty multiple counts of Explosives related charges.

This information was provided by the investigating Detectives, Albert Silvas and Michael Kriha, Criminal Conspiracy Section, 213-473-7474.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Eduardo Funes, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.