Goleta man arrested for killing Chihuahua he adopted
June 22, 2016
Within 50 days of adopting a 1-year-old Chihuahua, a 21-year-old Goleta man killed the dog, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. Detectives arrested the man on Tuesday.
Animal rights activists have said the Chihuahua was kicked, strangled and possibly drowned, and the dog’s remains were found in a Goleta yard. The sheriff’s office has not released details about the alleged killing.
On April 5, Kyle Barbre adopted a Chihuahua named Floyd. Volunteers for Santa Barbara County Animal Services said a good Samaritan helped Barbre adopt the dog. Barbre reportedly could not afford the adoption fees.
Barbre allegedly killed the dog at around noon on May 23. Later that day, the nonprofit Animal Rescue Team received a tip about the crime, and a representative of the organization called 911.
Animal Services personnel then launched an investigation into animal cruelty. Investigators recovered the dog’s remains and conducted a necropsy. Animal Services requested that the sheriff’s office take over as the lead agency because the dog had recently been adopted, a sheriff’s office news release states.
Around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, sheriff’s detectives served a warrant and detained Barbre at his workplace. Detectives transported Barbre to the sheriff’s office, then interviewed him and booked him in jail.
Barbre is charged with animal cruelty. He remains in custody with his bail set at $100,000.