According to Thursday's KVVU TV, a dog was used as a pawn in a twisted attempt by a Phoenix, Ariz., man to win back his ex-lover.
On Wednesday, 38-year-old Luis Moreno was arrested after he turned over his emaciated pit bull "Wiggles," to animal control; he had told them that she was a stray. Maricopa County Sheriff's detectives investigated and discovered that Moreno allegedly starved the dog, who he had owned since 2008, on purpose in an effort to get his ex-girlfriend to come back to him.
Morena allegedly took photos of the gaunt dog and sent them to the woman - according to the authorities, he wrote:
Wiggles is dead, I hope your happy (expletive),"
In other messages, Moreno claimed that the dog was sick and that he did not have money to care for her - he later told the woman that the dog was fine.
When Moreno finally realized that his estranged girlfriend was not coming back to him, he turned the dog over to animal control. Tragically, Wiggles was so emaciated by the time that she surrendered that she had to be humanely euthanized.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio, described Moreno's actions as a form of domestic abuse; he stated:
It is sick and bizarre, what some people do to animals, how they use and abuse them,"
Moreno is facing charges for domestic violence and animal cruelty.
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