A San Antonio man at Joint Base Command-Lackland Air Force Base has been accused by his ex-girlfriend of killing two dogs in a domestic abuse situation.
The unnamed man works in the kennels of the 341st Military Working Dog Squadron at the base.
KENS 5 news reported the story (June 17th) but did not reveal the man's name stating that he had not yet been formally charged with the crimes. The ex-girlfriend, Tracie Sanchez, says her then-boyfriend threw her Maltipoo, Sophie, against a wall in 2010 while she was taking a bath. He walked into the bathroom, sat down, and told her he thought he'd just killed her dog. Sanchez went out into the living room to find her beloved pet dead.
On another occasion, he beat her repeatedly for hours until his own dog, a Chow-mix named Grim, attacked him. The man grabbed a knife and stabbed the dog several times until it was dead. Sanchez says she ran out and went to police. During that time, the man disposed of Grim's body.
The abusive relationship between Sanchez and the accused finally ended in February of 2013.
Today, this man works part-time as a dispatcher (civilian) of Animal Care Services in San Antonio. ACS states he does not have any contact with the animals in the capacity of his job.
There is an ongoing investigation into the allegations. A spokesperson for the 341st Military Working Dog Squadron said the man doesn't have any 'significant' contact with the dogs in their kennels.
With allegations like these, it seems he shouldn't have any contact with animals at all pending the outcome of the investigation.
A point to ponder; FBI profilers say that many a serial killer started off abusing animals. If a person can kill an animal in cold blood, what's to stop him from killing a human?
As for the ex-girlfriend, there is a permanent Order of Protection in place as of June 5th, 2013. The problem with OOPs is that a piece a paper has never before stopped a person determined to do harm.
Under Texas law, cruelty to animals falls under two categories; civil and criminal. Criminal violations are specifically for the cruelty, torture, and killing of domesticated pets. (Texas criminal laws only apply to domesticated animals, such as house pets and livestock defined as “domesticated living creature(s) or any wild living creature previously captured” and subject to a person’s care and control.) (SPCA.org)
Sentences imposed under criminal animal cruelty convictions are harsher than those of civil violations. In Texas, criminal animal cruelty would be considered a felony. "House Bill 653 and Senate Bill 1724, commonly known as “Loco’s Law,” went into effect September 1, 2001, making animal cruelty a felony and punishable by a $10,000 fine and up to two years in jail. The law was named for a puppy called Loco, whose eyes were intentionally gouged out. Prior to Loco’s Law, animal cruelty was not considered a felony under Texas law. Today, animal cruelty convictions are classified as either a felony or misdemeanor." (SPCA.org)
Since the man is enlisted in the military, he may be subject, also, to military criminal court charges.
Until then, this individual is still working around animals. Do you think he should be suspended from duties at both ACS and 341st Military Working Dog Squadron? Sound off below.
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