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Case ID: 19809
Classification: Mutilation/Torture
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Sunday, Aug 19, 2012

County: Lubbock

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Juan Chavira

The Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney's office charged an Amarillo man with a felony count of cruelty to an animal after police suspect he cut off a puppy's ears and attempted to sew them back on.

Juan Chavira, 30, is charged with causing serious damage to a white pit bull puppy, who police say witnesses heard whimpering in the trunk of Chavira's vehicle Aug. 19 in the 1700 block of Avenue R, according to Chavira's Lubbock County felony warrant released Monday.

His case will go to a Lubbock County grand jury Oct. 9.

Police arrived to find the dog with mangled ears and a body covered in blood and, after interviewing witnesses, arrested Chavira.

The dog was taken by Lubbock Animal Services, which confirmed Monday the male dog named "Major" is in good spirits and remains at the shelter in special protection.


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