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Case ID: 18764
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011

County: Dona Ana

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged
Case Images: 1 files available

Alleged: Christopher P. Morales

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

Deputies have arrested a man accused of neglecting to feed his dog, causing it to die of starvation.

Christopher P. Morales, 35, was booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center on one felony count of cruelty to animals.

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, Investigator Robyn Gojkovich responded to a possible cruelty call from a Doña Ana County Animal Control Officer who witnessed an extremely malnourished dog in the 400 block of Timbers in Anthony. The dog, a chow cross, appeared lifeless and lethargic but was still breathing. An attempt by a Doña Ana County veterinarian to save the emaciated dog was unsuccessful.

A necropsy and blood work showed the 24-pound dog, which should have weighed 55 pounds or more, had zero body fat.

During questioning, Morales admitted to feeding the dog a package of hot dogs on Oct. 15th. He did not remember when the dog was fed after that, and said he left responsibility for feeding the dog to his 14 year-old son.

Case Updates

A man whose emaciated dog died after being found with a heavy chain cinching its waist has been indicted on charges of animal cruelty.

Christopher P. Morales, 35, was indicted Tuesday by a Do-a Ana County grand jury on the charge. His case will now proceed in state District Court.

Morales was arrested after the dog died in October from what a veterinarian determined was long-term starvation and dehydration, according to sheriff's office spokeswoman Kelly Jameson.
Source: - Nov 23, 2011
Update posted on Nov 24, 2011 - 10:16AM 


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