Phoenix man accused of hanging dog from leash, causing injuries
A Phoenix man was arrested after he sent videos of his abused dog to another person from his cellphone, police said.
Netzer Villagomez, 19, was arrested on suspicion of hanging his pug named “Miso” several times off the floor by his leash and collar with all four legs off the ground, with the intent to injure the dog, Phoenix police said Wednesday.
The dog, an emotional support animal, was taken to the Second Chance Animal Hospital at the Arizona Humane Society for examination of his injuries, according to police.
The exam revealed that the dog suffered two broken ribs, a broken pelvis, a broken tooth, and other injuries.
Villagomez was arrested on Sept. 22 and is facing a charge of animal cruelty.
The Arizona Humane Society, on its Facebook page, said the case marks the first in the state in which a person faces a charge under a tougher animal cruelty law that took effect in August.
The new law reclassifies animal cruelty up to a class 5 felony that can bring a jail term of up to 18 months. Previously, the crime was a maximum class 6 felony with up to a year in jail.