ALBUQUERQUE – Police in Albuquerque say a man has been accused of extreme animal cruelty after the alleged beating of a dog.
According to court documents obtained by KOB-TV, Gabriel Salaz was watching the five-month-old puppy for friends so they could surprise their children on Christmas Day.
Salaz later told the couple that the puppy had run away.
But in late December, someone told police about seeing Salaz allegedly beat the dog in a parking lot.
Authorities say the puppy was brought to an animal clinic for treatment of a concussion and hemorrhaging.
A warrant was issued for Salaz’s arrest.
The 30-year-old Salaz appeared before a judge Saturday.
He was released on his own recognizance pending a future court date.
It’s not immediately clear if Salaz has an attorney yet.