(Photos courtesy Port Hueneme Police)
Port Hueneme Police Chief Andrew Salinas tells KVTA News this is the last straw and it's time to get tough with transients living in illegal camps east of the city on Oxnard's Ormond Beach.
What he is referring to is an incident last Friday afternoon involving a transient he says came up behind a woman walking her little dog on the path between Parking Lot C and the beach and allegedly kicking the dog some 15 feet in the air, sending it into shock and rendering it unconscious.
The Chief says the dog, "Sophie", ended up with a collapsed lung and displaced heart and is recovering now at home.
When officers arrived, the suspect, 25-year-old Dylan McTaggart, was fighting with lifeguards who had responded to the incident with "Sophie".
Police say McTaggart tried to run away but was caught by officers and arrested for felony animal cruelty, misdemeanor battery on the lifeguards, and misdemeanor disturbing the peace by fighting.
Chief Salinas tells KVTA News that McTaggart is a registered sex offender on probation for assaulting officers and shoplifting and he is been contacted by his officers several times for disturbing beachgoers at Hueneme Beach.
He says McTaggart is one of many transients who were kicked out of the Halaco site on Perkins Road in Oxnard last year only to move into the nearby Ormond Beach wetlands area and become a problem for Port Hueneme which is just to the west of there.