Saturday, March 18, 2017

New Mexico: John Santiago, who beat, tortured and burned a Pomeranian named Teddy to death, has been arrested again

NEW MEXICO -- The man accused of brutally beating to death his ex-girlfriend’s dog is back behind bars.

Back in July, Albuquerque Police say John Steven Santiago broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and when she arrived, the woman found Santiago with her eight-year-old Pomeranian, Teddy, barely alive.

Police say the little dog was bleeding, his body burned - even his eyes burned,
teeth 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.

After being released from jail, Santiago failed to report to pre-trial services, landing him back behind bars.

Santiago’s attorney argued in court Friday that he had relapsed after he was given morphine in the hospital [and tried to use that as an excuse for missing simple court appearances].

However the judge wisely chose to keep his bond at $25,000 cash or surety.

If Santiago is able to post bond, he will be required to wear a GPS tracking device.

People who do this to animals will do this to human beings eventually.

Rest in Peace, Teddy

(KRQE - March 17, 2017)

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