Rancho Cucamonga man arrested for animal cruelty after witnessed beating and torturing dog

News headline from San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department:

At about 4:00 p.m. on April 4th, Rancho Cucamonga Police received a call that a male suspect was beating a Rottweiller dog in the park near Terra Vista Parkway and Langham Place in Rancho Cucamonga.

The suspect was reportedly dragging the dog by the leash, and the caller was nearly hysterical.  The caller continued watching the suspect, who kicked the dog in the abdomen, poured soda on the dog and finally began dragging the bleeding dog behind a bicycle while the dog was not conscious.

The suspect then loaded the bleeding dog into a stroller and went into the Terra Vista apartments, located at 10935 Terra Vista Parkway.

Deputies responded and numerous witnesses began pointing out the suspect’s direction and the apartment he went into.

Witnesses also noted there was a young boy, approximately 9 years old, with the suspect.

The suspect, identified as Christopher Gilbert Munoz, 27, would not respond at the front door and deputies contacted the apartment manager for assistance.  

Through the rear sliding door the stroller was visible, and the dog was seen convulsing and bleeding on the kitchen floor.

Numerous attempts to call the suspect were made and announcements over a PA system were conducted near the front door, but Munoz would not respond.  Deputies saw the suspect peering through vertical blinds from an upstairs window, but he would not acknowledge or respond to requests to talk, or give the dog medical attention.

Sheriff’s Detectives were preparing a search warrant when the suspect’s wife arrived at about 6:00 p.m.

At about 6:17 p.m., the suspect answered the phone and said he would allow the boy to come outside, but wanted animal control to help his dog.

At about 6:25 p.m., Chris Munoz came outside of the residence and was taken into custody without incident.

The dog was immediately taken by animal control, and died less than an hour later.

Christopher Munoz was booked at West Valley Detention Center for cruelty to animals, with bail set at $200,000.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012


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