Man accused of adopting dog, then killing it
May 25, 2016
A man adopted a two-year-old chihuahua named Floyd from the Santa Barbara County animal shelter, then killed the dog, animal rescue activists say. The chihuahua was kicked, strangled and possibly drowned, according to the Animal Rescue Team, a Santa Ynez Valley nonprofit. [KCOY]
Four weeks after the dog was adopted, investigators found the remains of the chihuahua in a yard in Goleta. An anonymous tip led to the investigation, said Julia di Sieno, of the Animal Rescue Team.
The witness said the dog appeared to be afraid of its owner prior to its death. Another person reported hearing the dog whimpering, di Sieno said.
Volunteers for Santa Barbara County Animal Services say a good Samaritan helped a young man adopt the dog. The man could not afford the adoption fees.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says it is looking into the incident. Sheriff’s officials did not name a suspect.