O.C. man accused of beating service dog to death faces charges

An Irvine man, who faced two counts of animal cruelty in Santa Ana for killing a service dog for defecating in his car in Santa Ana, has been arrested after skipping a court hearing.

Randy Francois, 40, was first arrested by Santa Ana police on June 28 when officers found a dead Yorkshire terrier in a parking lot on the 1500 block of East 17th Street, Sgt. Maria Lopez said.

Francois told officers the dog was defecating in his car, and he “did it out on the dog,” Lopez said.

Officers found no weapons in the vehicle and believe Francois hit the dog with his hands, Lopez said, killing the service dog.

According to court documents, Francois posted $20,000 bail on June 30 and was scheduled to appear again in court on September 27 to face two charges of animal cruelty.

Francois missed the court hearing and was taken back into custody on Tuesday, according to court records. Jail records show he is being held at Orange County Central Jail on $21,000 bail.

He is due to appear in court for a hearing on Monday.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-10-27/service-dog-killed-orange-county-man O.C. man accused of beating service dog to death faces charges

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