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Thursday, Oct 27, 2011County: King
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.
- seattlepi.com - Dec 22, 2011
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