Wakeen Best found guilty in death of dog during auto burglary

Jurors today found a woman accused of killing a small dog by throwing it off the seventh floor of a San Francisco parking garage during an auto burglary guilty on all counts, according to prosecutors.

Wakeen “Lala” Best, 43, stood trial on charges including felony animal abuse, auto burglary, vandalism and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with the Feb. 10 death of a 4-year-old chihuahua named Dunky.

Prosecutors said Best broke into a Mercedes parked in the Sutter-Stockton Garage around 2 p.m. Dunky, who was inside the vehicle, was later found dead on the street by its owner.

Surveillance videos appear to show Best in the parking garage, and Dunky falling and hitting the ground. In addition, dashboard camera footage from the Mercedes played during the trial includes the sound of a dog barking nonstop while a car alarm goes off.

The camera faces away from the car and does not show what is happening, but a person’s voice could be heard saying “Shut your ass up.”

Best, who was recognized by security guards as someone who frequented the garage, was arrested the next day.

“This defendant showed no remorse and is responsible for the death of a little, defenseless animal,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement. “This verdict is a small step toward bringing justice for Dunky. This verdict also sends a clear message that in San Francisco there are consequences for harming our beloved pets.”

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