A complaint alleging the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department harassed dog rescuers was dismissed in federal court Aug. 18.
The federal court found that sheriff’s deputies reasonably seized the plaintiff’s phones and did not rely on false pretenses to obtain search warrants.
The plaintiff’s lawyers and the sheriff’s department have not responded to calls for comment.
The plaintiff’s March 19, 2021, second amended complaint claimed sources in the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department contacted animal rescue groups in August, 2020, to help rescue more than 80 German shepherds confined in an illegally run kennel in the high desert community of Hinkley.
At the time, the dogs’ owner, Alla