Dog to remain in foster care in Nevada County animal cruelty case |

Dog to remain in foster care in Nevada County animal cruelty case

From left, Pinky Zalkin, Marianne Gausman, Rosalie Adduci and Karen Hart. The women held signs Tuesday outside of the Nevada County Courthouse in support of Baby Girl, a dog at the center of an animal cruelty case.
By Alan Riquelmy/

A man facing a misdemeanor animal cruelty accusation won’t get his dog back pending trial, a Nevada County judge ruled Tuesday.

William Didomizio, 70, is accused of abusing his dog Baby Girl. Court documents allege that between Sept. 15 and Oct. 1 he used a sex toy on the Labrador.

Didomizio, who also faces a felony charge of failing to register his address with authorities, has pleaded not guilty. Court records state Didomizio — who’s been convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child of 14 or 15 years of age, peeking into an inhabited dwelling and being a felon in possession of a firearm — has questioned the integrity of a witness.

Didomizio made bond shortly after his November arrest, records show.

A preliminary hearing in the case is set for April 18. Deputy District Attorney Traci Mason said she intends to argue Didomizio’s animal cruelty charge should be a felony.

No trial date has been scheduled.

“Truly, I think more information will be known at the time of the preliminary hearing,” Judge Linda Sloven said Tuesday.


The Tuesday hearing in Nevada County Superior Court focused on the prosecutor’s attempt to have Sloven reverse her March 22 ruling, which let Didomizio have custody of his dog. Mason wanted the judge to change her ruling and keep Didomizio separated from Baby Girl until his trial occurs.

Sloven in her March 22 ruling restates arguments from Didomizio’s defense attorney. According to those arguments, Didomizio’s allegation stemmed from a dispute he had with a roommate. Several letters detailing Didomizio’s excellent treatment of his dog were attached to court documents.

Seized Nov. 7 by animal control officers, Baby Girl had hair loss and other issues. Sloven then ruled March 22 that the dog’s return to Didomizio wouldn’t lead to the destruction of any evidence and ordered Baby Girl back to him, court records state.

Days later an officer saw that Baby Girl’s hair had grown back, and that her other issues had disappeared, the records claim.

Prosecutors argued that the change in Baby Girl shows Didomizio’s actions led to the dog’s issues. Returning her would put Baby Girl in danger.

Sloven then changed her ruling.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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