San Carlos man pleads no contest after dogs found ‘living in squalor’

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A San Carlos man pleaded no contest to animal abuse charges Wednesday after five pitbulls were found living in squalor at his Brittan Avenue home last year, according to prosecutors.

Before his latest arrest, Javier Ian Larson, 37, was on probation for a 2016 misdemeanor conviction for possession of a dangerous pitbull after the dog bit an elderly man. In August last year, during a probation search of his home, San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies found five pitbulls living in horrid conditions.

“The female pitbull was in a closed bathroom with the floor completely covered in three inches of feces and urine, there was no water or food for any of the dogs, and the dogs appeared dirty and not properly cared for,” prosecutors said.

The Peninsula Humane Society took the dogs into custody.

On Wednesday, Larson pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor counts of animal neglect and admitted to probation violations in two other cases on condition that he serve no more than two years in county jail, prosecutors said. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 12.