In Albuquerque, New Mexico, a local resident has been accused of feeding his neighbor’s puppy to pit bulls as part of a mission to terrorize residents of a South Valley cul-de-sac. According to Nbc4, Marvin Riley, 30, had been on a crime spree and assaulted a man and then stole and killed a dog.
On Tuesday, Bernadette Salazar, the owner of a tiny Shih Tzu named Charlie Brown, said Riley broke into her yard and unknown to her for a few minutes, stole her dog. Before that, Salazar had allegedly walked next door to his neighbor’s home, who owned two pit bulls, and kicked in the back door beating the owner in the face with a pair of pliers. What he did next left neighbors horrified. Salazar threw the tiny lap dog, Charlie Brown into the yard with the pit bulls. The owners of the large dogs tried to pull the small dog away, but Charlie Brown never stood a chance; by the time Bernadette arrived it was too later.
“The dog was laying right there in the plastic bag already,” Bernadette explained. “You can’t trust people, you know what I mean.”
Police arrested Riley, who is facing several charges including felony animal cruelty. The neighbor assaulted in the face has been treated and is expected to make a full recovery. The owners of the pit bulls will not be charged.
Rest in peace Charlie Brown. (Photo of Charlie Brown for Albuquerque man charged with death of dog submitted by family via NBC4News)
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