The dog, a tiny Rat Terrier, was taken to a veterinarian but ultimately died from the encounter, said Riverside police Officer Ryan Railsback.
Officers were called to the 4300 block of Victoria Avenue about 7:45 a.m. Tuesday to find 44-year-old Andrew Ramirez with fresh blood on his shirt, according to a Riverside police statement.
They learned that he had gone into his neighbor's garage, raided it and stabbed the little dog there with a sharp object, the statement said.
Officer Ryan Railsback said Thursday that it's not clear what motivated the attack.
Ramirez was arrested on suspicion of cruelty to an animal and first-degree residential burglary. Bail was set at $35,000 and as of Thursday morning he had not been released from the Robert Presley Detention Center.
(PE.com - Jan 19, 2017)