James Francis Alambra, 26, Rancho Santa Margarita, pleaded guilty today to one misdemeanor count of animal abandonment and was sentenced to three years of informal probation, 60 days in jail stayed, restitution, ordered to undergo intensive mental health counseling for three months, and is not allowed to own, live with, or possess any animals.
Escano and Alambra then placed the crates next to trees near the road and abandoned them. Alambra's truck wouldn't start, so they left the scene after being picked up by a woman in another vehicle, who was unaware of the animal abandonment, leaving their truck behind.
Park visitors found the abandoned crates and contacted the Orange County Sheriff's Department, who investigated this case. The recovered dogs showed signs of neglect which included matted fur and ingrown toenails.