A Lake County, California man faces charges of felony animal cruelty after authorities accused him of killing his Chihuahua with a machete. According to WricNews, the Lakeport Police arrested William Richard Gatlyn, 27, on Tuesday morning after a telephone call that he had threatened to kill his dog and people with a machete.
When authorities arrived at the Lily Cove Apartments where Gatlyn lived, they found the man standing on the front steps of the building, As police entered his apartment, they found the tiny brown dog lying dead with a machete lying across its body. The dog had suffered deep multiple lacerations. No motive for killing his pet or threatening people has been reported, however Gatlyn was reported to have been uncooperative when arrested.
Gatlyn has a record of prior arrests for battery, burglary, public intoxication and being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was booked into the Lake County Correctional Facility.
Photo of Gatlyn accused of killing dog with machete screenshot of booking photo)
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