On Monday, police in Fresno arrested Alejandro Alfredo Lopez, 18, along with a juvenile after they, along with other teens attacked a 45-year-old homeless man outside of the Mosqueda Community Center.
Around 9:49 p.m., the assailants surrounded the man and began throwing beer bottles at his head, as the victim sat on the ground. The mob then knocked the man down, punching and kicking him repeatedly, according to police.
Then, the gang members turned their attention to the man's small dog, Snoopy...
When the Chihuahua-Terrier poked his tiny head out of the man's backpack, Lopez and the others began kicking him. They did so until the dog stopped moving.
Once the mob fled, the victim went into a nearby Get 'N Go convenience store for help.
One of the customers inside the store told CBS47:
He kept saying: They killed my dog, they killed my dog. He had the dog right here laying on the ground just hugging it and hugging it and just crying. That's all he kept doing,"
That witness did not want to be identified.
Despite the man's obviously dire financial situation, he apparently took good care of best friend.
Folks at the local Westside Rescue report that the man regularly sought-out medical services such as routine vaccines for Snoopy.
That same rescue group has offered to have the dogs remains cremated, so they can return the ashes to man.
Lopez, as well as the unidentified juvenile have been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and cruelty to animals.
Lopez has also been charged with providing false information to police, and is currently being held at the Fresno County Jail on $70,000 bond.
In all, five or six gang members took part in the assault, though only two arrests have been made at this time.
Anyone with information on this crime, is urged to call CrimeStoppers at (559) 498-STOP. Callers can remain anonymous and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to one-thousand dollars.