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Man allegedly killed puppy with screwdriver and wanted to feed pup to family

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According to Monday's New York Daily News, a New Mexico man was arrested for allegedly killing his family's puppy with a screwdriver.

Torrance County deputies arrested 46-year-old Salvador Martinez, of Edgewood, on a charge of extreme animal cruelty and child abuse; Martinez admitted to deputies that he had stabbed the family's nine-month-old Chihuahua cross in the heart with a screwdriver.

Torrance County Sheriff Heath White told The Mountain View Telegraph:

We responded to a welfare check for a possible animal cruelty case,"

When we got there we discovered the male subject had taken the family dog and killed it in a gruesome manner and prepared it for dinner after searching on the Internet how to cook dog. The deputies found it in the fridge.

Martinez told the authorities that he intended to cook the pup, named "Onyx," and feed the dog to his family because he claimed that he was worried that they did not have enough to eat. The man's family was not on board with Martinez's twisted plan; his girlfriend told the authorities that they did have enough food and stated that the pup had been their pet.

Sheriff White stated:

"The family was distraught about their pet,"

"It hadn't been bought and raised to be eaten."

The authorities found food in the house and it has also been noted that the family receives government assistance for food, as well as food from area churches. Martinez secured the charge of child abuse because the pup was killed when the children were at home and aware of what was happening to their puppy.

Martinez is no stranger to the wrong side of the law...according to KRQE News, several years ago he was arrested for transporting a sizable amount of cocaine across the border.

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