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Case ID: 19004
Classification: Throwing, Beating
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Abuse was retaliation against animal's bad behavior
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Thursday, Oct 27, 2011

County: King

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Martin Hau-Caballero

A Bellevue man has been charged with animal cruelty following allegations that he tried to beat a Pomeranian to death.

Filing charges earlier this month, King County prosecutors claim Martin Hau-Caballero tried to slay his own dog on Oct. 27 after he got dirty playing with another dog.

A witness said he was at Hau-Caballero's Bellevue apartment when she heard the dog, a 1-year-old named Max, "screaming and crying" in the bedroom, a King County animal control officer told the court. The witness ran into the room and allegedly saw Hau-Caballero holding the dog by its tail and slamming it into a wall.

Confronted by the witness, Hau-Caballero continued to slam the dog against the wall, then threw it from a window, the animal control sergeant continued. Hau-Caballero then leapt out the window and began beating the dog with his shoe, according to charging documents.

"I need him to die!" Hau-Caballero allegedly yelled when the witness asked why he was attacking his dog.

"I don't know why," he allegedly continued. "I just want him dead and then I can die!"

The witness took the dog to a Kirkland animal hospital, where veterinarians determined the dog's leg had been broken.

Charged with first-degree animal cruelty, Hau-Caballero, 43, has not been jailed in the case. He is expected to appear in King County Superior Court on Jan. 3.


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