Man sentenced to prison for beating dog to death with shovel

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A Riverside, California man was sentenced to prison on Thursday for beating a stray dog to death with a shovel. According to CbsLANews, Efrem Rodriquez Martinez, 55, will spend the next five years locked up after pleading guilty to beating the dog and admitting he used the shovel as a weapon.

Spokesperson for the Riverside County Department of Animal Services, John Welsh, stated the three-year-old terrier mix known as Rusty, who lived in the Whitewater neighborhood, had been a friendly stray that neighbors regularly fed and occasionally took into their homes. On June 8, 2015, a witness saw Martinez “swing the shovel and hit the dog one last time before swooping the dog upon the shovel and tossing it over his back fence into the desert.”efren-rodriquez-martinez-dog

Area residents were outraged and called Animal Services who rushed Rusty to an emergency veterinarian hospital, but sadly the dog died a few days later.

The Riverside County Animal Services Commander Chris Mayer posted the following statement as to Martinez’ sentence:

“Prison terms are not common for a majority of our animal cruelty cases, so we find it extremely satisfying to learn that Mr. Martinez received this level of punishment.”

Martinez has a previous strike. The three-strikes law increases prison sentences for those convicted of a felony.

Rest in peace Rusty.

(Photos for man sentenced to prison via Riverside County Sheriff’s Office and Riverside County Animal Services)

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17 replies
  1. Edward says:

    Is a piece of s*** just put a bullet through his f****** head or better yet when he goes to prison make sure everyone knows what he did to that little dog and karma is a b****

  2. Kim says:

    I hope someone kills him in prison. I hate, hate hate people that do crimes against animals. I’d beat his ass with my club if he came to my prison. No mercy

  3. Humanist says:

    Why the fuck does this guy goes to prison? And for 5 years even?

    It’s just a fucking dog, not human. He doesn’t deserve to go to the prison for 5 years for that.

    At worst, the prison should be should only about a month or so.


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