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Thursday, Aug 21 2014 10:40 AM

DA's office: No charges filed in animal cruelty case

The Kern County District Attorney's office announced Thursday that no charges will be filed against Robert Hutton, a Tehachapi Unified School District employee in an animal cruelty case.

Hutton was arrested on March 31 and later released after Kern County Animal Services was alerted of alleged cases of animal cruelty that involved the death of cats on school district property.

“The law requires independent corroboration of a suspect's statement,” said the DA's office in an Aug. 21 statement. “In this case, despite a thorough investigation by Kern County Animal Control, no evidence was found.”

Without “admissible evidence,” there is nothing to support criminal charges, the DA's office stated.

Hutton had allegedly trapped cats at Monroe High School and subsequently killed them with carbon dioxide gas canister, according to an April 11 statement from Kern County Deputy County Counsel Devin Brown.

The incident promptly led to a months-long investigation by Animal Services and caused Tehachapi Unified School District to re-evaluate its policies of handling stray and wild animals caught or trapped on district grounds.

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