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Rancho Cucamonga man gets year in jail for beating his pet Rottweiler to death

A Rottweiler like this one was beaten to death by a man in Rancho Cucamonga on April 4.
A Rottweiler like this one was beaten to death by a man in Rancho Cucamonga on April 4. Wikimedia

A Rancho Cucamonga man was sentenced to a year in jail and three years probation for beating his dog to death earlier this month.

Christopher Munoz, 27, had pleaded no contest to animal cruelty charges stemming from the April 4 incident.

Witnesses said they saw Munoz severely beat his pet Rottweiler at a Rancho Cucamonga park at about 4 p.m. that day. According to some reports, he then dragged the leashed, unconscious animal behind his bicycle back to his apartment -- although the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin says he also “loaded the dog into a stroller.”

Sheriff’s deputies, alerted to the beating by witnesses, arrived at Munoz’s apartment to confront him, but Munoz barricaded himself inside. He finally surrendered, but the dog died soon after.

A detailed report of the incident on a self-described “cruelty database” claims Munoz had a 9-year-old boy with him, and that authorities tried to get Munoz’s wife to help extricate him from the apartment. His wife said that Munoz was on medications, according to this report.

As part of his plea deal, Munoz must attend a drug abuse program while in custody, and cannot own an animal for 10 years, authorities said. Two felony counts of animal cruelty were dismissed as part of the deal.

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