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Case ID: 19571
Classification: Beating, Kicking/Stomping, Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012

County: San Bernardino

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Chris Munoz

A 27-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after he beat his dog to death and then barricaded himself inside his home before finally surrendering to San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies.

Sheriff's responded to a call at 4 p.m. from a hysterical witness who reported seeing a man beating a Rottweiler in the park near Terra Vista Parkway and Langham Place, according to a sheriff's news release.

The witness reported the suspect was dragging a dog on a leash as he rode a bicycle. Before he began dragging the animal, he kicked it in the abdomen. The dog was not conscious. The suspect also poured soda on the animal. At one point, the man loaded the dog into a stroller before he went into the Terra Vista Apartments. Witnesses also reported the man had a young boy of about 9, with him.

Deputies responded and several witnesses pointed out where the suspect went. The suspect, later identified as Chris Munoz would not answer the door. The stroller and the dog were visible through the sliding glass door of the apartment. The suspect refused to come out or give the dog medical attention. Deputies made several attempts to contact him via the phone and over a PA system.

Munoz wife was called but she would not give permission to enter the house because she was afraid her husband would get hurt, according to the release.Munoz's wife told deputies that her husband takes more than one medication.

Around 6:17 p.m. Munoz told deputies he would allow the boy to exit the apartment. He also told deputies he wanted animal control to help his dog. Munoz surrendered at 6:25 p.m. and his dog was immediately taken for care by animal control The dog died less than an hour later.

Munoz was booked into West Valley Detention Center on suspicion of cruelty to animals.


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