Woman pleads guilty to animal cruelty

A 65-year-old Burlingame dog sitter pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Linda Joy Levac was allegedly seen and recorded on video by a neighbor in the backyard of her Burlingame home grabbing a dog by its collar, lifting it in the air and slamming it to the ground multiple times back in July 2015, prosecutors said.

When Levac lifted the dog, named Frisco, it was apparently choking and when she slammed it to the ground it yelped in pain, according to prosecutors.

Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA investigators went to Levac’s home on Aug. 5, 2015, and seized 10 dogs and also determined Levac was running an unlicensed dog boarding business, prosecutors said.

Levac was admitted to two years of court probation and ordered to serve five days in jail. She may perform 40 hours of public service work in lieu of jail time because of her poor health, according to prosecutors.

She must pay $1,280 in restitution to the Peninsula Humane Society, submit to search and seizure and attend animal abuse counseling, of which she has already completed three months, according to prosecutors.

The court permits PHS to monitor Levac’s own two dogs for two years. She may not operate any business that involves the care of animals, unless fully licensed by Burlingame and San Mateo County, according to prosecutors

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