In February, an ACO in Galena Park, TX was accused of taking a puppy from a family’s fenced yard, shooting him and throwing the body into a trash bin. I wondered at the time what possible explanation there could be for this cruel act. The ACO has now pleaded guilty in court to animal cruelty for taking the pup to the city dump and killing him. His lawyer offered this “explanation”:
[Juan Enrique] Hernandez’s attorney Enrique Gomez, said his client, a U.S. Army veteran who fought in Afghanistan, thought the German Shepherd mix had parvo, a disease that spreads from dog to dog.
As I noted in my original post, Mr. Hernandez doesn’t have any pets. As such, I’m not sure what experience he was relying upon to make this eyeball diagnosis of parvo or why he decided the family would want him to steal the pup and shoot him to death in lieu of treatment.
At any rate, the petless Mr. Hernandez has been ordered not to work with or own pets for 3 years while he’s on probation. As long as he stays out of trouble, the record of his cruelty conviction will be wiped clean – or at least taken to the dump and stuck in a trash bin.