Teen jailed for pit bull puppy theft

January 8, 2009 12:58:28 PM PST
A 19-year-old man agreed in San Mateo County Superior Court on Wednesday to spend two months in jail for stealing a mother pit bull and her eight puppies from his neighbor, a deputy district attorney said today.

Tyler Hill pleaded no contest to charges of misdemeanor grand theft in connection with the Dec. 8 robbery and was sentenced to 60 days in jail and two years' probation, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Hill, who lives in San Mateo, was accused of stealing the dogs from a neighbor who lived several houses away.

The neighbor reported the missing pit bulls to police and the Peninsula Humane Society, and police learned Hill was giving away the puppies and confronted him.

He admitted to taking them and said he believed the dogs were being mistreated, Wagstaffe said.

The Humane Society inspected the living conditions of the puppies and found no sign of mistreatment, according to Wagstaffe.

Hill had been in custody in lieu of $10,000 bail. He received credit for the days he has already served, Wagstaffe said.