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Case ID: 19663
Classification: Beating
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Abuse was retaliation against animal's bad behavior
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Friday, Apr 27, 2012

County: Maricopa

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Omar Beltran Nunez

A man suspected of animal cruelty was arrested Friday morning after police witnessed him throw large rocks and pieces of concrete wall at his dog, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

Police said Omar Beltran Nunez, 32, told them he was punishing his 3-year-old, Lab-shepherd mix, Oso, for running away the night before.

Police received a call around 10 a.m. saying a yelping, barking dog could be heard from the backyard of a home near the 5600 block of West Lewis Avenue.

When officers arrived on scene, they heard loud banging sounds in addition to a dog's cries.

An officer jumped onto a fence to look into the yard and saw Nunez throwing rocks at Oso "like a baseball pitcher," said Sgt. Tommy Thompson, a Phoenix police spokesman.

The officer also saw a rock hit the dog.

The dog tried to move away, but the police officer said Oso was tied to two tires with a piece of wire.

Police said Nunez ignored the officer's orders to stop and swung a shovel at the dog. He eventually threw the shovel down and went back into his home.

When police tried to speak to Nunez, they said he initially refused to open his front door. However, after several minutes, he eventually came out of his house and was arrested.

Thompson said Nunez put up a struggle.

He was booked on suspicion of one count of animal cruelty, which is a felony.

Nunez had several misdemeanor warrants for his arrest.

Oso was turned over to the Arizona Humane Society.


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