Stephen Cervantes of Albuquerque, N.M. was arrested on Friday and remains in the Metropolitan Detention Center in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond for extreme animal cruelty to a dog reported koat.com news.
Authorities responded to a domestic dispute on Paul Road earlier in the week between Cervantes and his son. The older Cervantes contended the son's pit bull killed his small dog.
According to krqe.com, Cervantes' wife moved the dog over to his dog house to protect the animal when the father threatened to shoot the dog.
Instead Cervantes began beating the dog with a wooden ax handle, and as the dog tried to retreat again and hide in his dog house, Cervantes overturned the structure and continued to repeatedly strike the animal.
When authorities arrived, the dog was having labored breathing and not moving. He was rushed to the East Side Animal Shelter where his injuries were too severe to recover. The dog was then humanely euthanized.
Rest in peace dear dog.
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