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Case ID: 19214
Classification: Throwing
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Monday, Jan 16, 2012

County: Bernalillo

Disposition: Alleged
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Alleged: Basilio Gavilan

An Albuquerque man is in jail because police said he tossed a puppy to get back at them. It's hard to imagine anyone hurting a puppy, but Albuquerque police said Basilio Gavilan did just that in front of their eyes.

The Chinese Shar Pei, named Little Bongo, is playful, curious and only weeks old.

Police said they were called out to a motel on Central early Monday morning. There they said they found a drunk Basilio Gavilan causing a ruckus inside his room and violating the hotel's no alcohol policy.

They told him he needed to pack up and get out. Police said that's when he picked up little Bongo, brought the dog up to his arm level, and threw him up in the air.

"The alleged crimes are pretty serious," said Cpl. Albert Benavides with Animal Welfare.

The puppy fell about five feet, right on his head. Something Cpl. Albert Benavides said could cause serious problems.

"A small animal like this, head trauma," said Benavides

The criminal complaint said Gavilan looked at the dog on the ground and then at the police officers as if he were trying to get under their skin by throwing the puppy. Animal Welfare officers took Bongo, and the cops took Gavilan; arresting him for animal cruelty.

Now at animal welfare Bongo can get the care he needs, the shots and the treatment in case anything is wrong from that horrific fall.

Bongo is in protective custody, and Benavides said these types are cases are taken extremely seriously, "Torturing animals, fighting animals, killing animals, that type of thing is zero tolerance and they need to be held responsible for that."

Bongo may be put up for adoption, it all depends if Gavilan tries to claim him again or signs him over to animal welfare.

Gavilan needs $150 to bond out of jail.


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