Santiago was arrested in September for Residential Burglary and Extreme Cruelty to Animals, for breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home back in July and abusing her Pomeranian, Teddy.
Police say the little dog was bleeding, his body burned - even his eyes burned, teeth were missing, he had been kicked breaking bones in his face, and he had also been beaten with a blunt instrument.
Teddy was barely alive and the vet said there was no hope to save him as Santiago had stomped and crushed and burned him too much; he had to be euthanized to end his suffering.
Crime Stoppers and AAAA, along with another anonymous group say they worked to present the award in hopes that it would be a deterrent against possible future animal cruelty incidents.
After months on the run, the man accused of brutally beating his ex-girlfriend’s dog to death has been caught.
Police says John Santiago broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home back in July and when the woman arrived, she found Santiago and her Pomeranian, Teddy, who was barely alive.
Police say the little dog had been burned and beaten and had to be euthanized.
Santiago was finally arrested Monday in Albuquerque.
He is now charged with extreme animal cruelty, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence. Police haven’t said how they found him or where.
Animal abusers will do the same to human beings eventually.
(KRQE - Dec 24, 2016)