Dog killers behind bars

Chico man, Paradise woman arrested for cruelty to animals

Two people remain incarcerated in the Butte County Jail on felony charges of cruelty to animals in connection with two dog killings.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Simonette Yvonne Ayala-Warr, 55, of Paradise is charged with stabbing to death her poodle-mix, Sasha, on Sept. 2 after Paradise police responded to a call about a barricaded residence. She reportedly told officers she had killed the dog, which was found in the bathroom shower. Ayala-Warr stabbed herself as well, a press release said. Her court date has been postponed to allow for a mental-health evaluation.

On Sept. 3, a resident of Natoma Court in Chico discovered a miniature dachshund named Shrek hanging by his neck from a shoestring tied to a shrub. Jose Luis Flores, 34, of Chico was charged with killing his mother’s dog following an argument. He’s pleaded not guilty and is due back in court Sept. 24.