The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Caliph James Harris (Age 34 of Victorville) for animal cruelty in Hesperia.


On Saturday, February 13, 2021, deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department responded to the Arco Gas Station at 12750 Main Street in Hesperia regarding a report of animal cruelty. During the investigation, Caliph James Harris was arrested.

After reviewing this case, our office has filed charges against Mr. Harris for violating the following sections of the California Penal Code:

Penal Code Section 597(a) – Cruelty To An Animal (Felony)
Except as provided in subdivision (c) of this section or Section 599c, every person who maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates, tortures, or wounds a living animal, or maliciously and intentionally kills an animal, is guilty of a crime punishable pursuant to subdivision (d).

Penal Code Section 597(b) – Cruelty To An Animal (Felony)
Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (a) or (c), every person who overdrives, overloads, drives when overloaded, overworks, tortures, torments, deprives of necessary sustenance, drink, or shelter, cruelly beats, mutilates, or cruelly kills any animal, or causes or procures any animal to be so overdriven, overloaded, driven when overloaded, overworked, tortured, tormented, deprived of necessary sustenance, drink, shelter, or to be cruelly beaten, mutilated, or cruelly killed; and whoever, having the charge or custody of any animal, either as owner or otherwise, subjects any animal to needless suffering, or inflicts unnecessary cruelty upon the animal, or in any manner abuses any animal, or fails to provide the animal with proper food, drink, or shelter or protection from the weather, or who drives, rides, or otherwise uses the animal when unfit for labor, is, for each offense, guilty of a crime punishable pursuant to subdivision (d).

Penal Code Section 597.1(a) – Failure To Care For An Animal (Misdemeanor)
(1) Every owner, driver, or keeper of any animal who permits the animal to be in any building, enclosure, lane, street, square, or lot of any city, county, city and county, or judicial district without proper care and attention is guilty of a misdemeanor. Any peace officer, humane society officer, or animal control officer shall take possession of the stray or abandoned animal and shall provide care and treatment for the animal until the animal is deemed to be in suitable condition to be returned to the owner. When the officer has reasonable grounds to believe that very prompt action is required to protect the health or safety of the animal or the health or safety of others, the officer shall immediately seize the animal and comply with subdivision (f). In all other cases, the officer shall comply with the provisions of subdivision (g). The full cost of caring for and treating any animal properly seized under this subdivision or pursuant to a search warrant shall constitute a lien on the animal and the animal shall not be returned to its owner until the charges are paid, if the seizure is upheld pursuant to this section.
(2) Notwithstanding any other law, if an animal control officer or humane officer, when necessary to protect the health and safety of a wild, stray, or abandoned animal or the health and safety of others, seeks to administer a tranquilizer that contains a controlled substance, as defined in Division 10 (commencing with Section 11000) of the Health and Safety Code, to gain control of that animal, the officer may possess and administer that tranquilizer with direct or indirect supervision as determined by a licensed veterinarian, provided that the officer has met each of the following requirements:
(A) Has received training in the administration of tranquilizers from a licensed veterinarian. The training shall be approved by the California Veterinary Medical Board.
(B) Has successfully completed the firearms component of a course relating to the exercise of police powers, as set forth in Section 832.
(C) Is authorized by the officer’s agency or organization to possess and administer the tranquilizer in accordance with a policy established by the agency or organization and approved by the veterinarian who obtained the controlled substance.
(D) Has successfully completed the euthanasia training set forth in Section 2039 of Title 16 of the California Code of Regulations.
(E) Has completed a state and federal fingerprinting background check and does not have any drug- or alcohol-related convictions.


DA Case Number: 2021-00-0008034
Court Case Number: FVI21000507
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