[UPDATED with Not Guilty Plea:] Jaime Arturo Garcia, Accused of Slitting His Dog's Throat, Brings to Mind 5 Other Pooch-Abuse Cases
ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 3, 8:44 A.M.: Jaime Arturo Garcia is scheduled to be arraigned in Westminster this morning on charges of animal cruelty and intentionally setting fires inside an inhabited dwelling.
Then Garcia is said to have done something really sick.
He allegedly picked up a large kitchen knife and slit the 7-year-old dachshund mix's throat. The bleeding pooch ran around the house and into Garcia's bedroom, where he died on the bed. Garcia is now looking at felony counts of animal cruelty and arson of an inhabited property, a misdemeanor count of unlawfully causing a fire to property and eight years and four months in state prison if he's convicted.
Garcia's case also brings to mind other recent instances of doggone animal cruelty in Orange County. Note that any flea collectors pictured on this page and the next are representations, not the actual victims (who are shown in the videos):
In September of 2010, Phoenix the earless German shepherd received a last-minute reprieve. He was about to be euthanized at a Downey shelter when he was saved by Coastal German Shepherd Rescue and taken to Alicia Pet Care Center in Mission Viejo. Authorities believe Phoenix was used as a "bait" dog: passive animals that are used to train fighting dogs.