This is one of the most horrible stories I have read about dog cruelty. It is very sad, and I do not recommend reading further if you are sensitive about chis.
It is terrible that there are actually people out there who can be so cruel. What monster has the crooked soul to hurt and kill such a small, precious creature? I can't believe this guy didn't have to serve any more time. I think he should have been put away, and the girlfriend should also have some accountability.
God bless Chiquita. Rest in Peace.
Reposted from the San Francisco Chronicle:
A man has pleaded no contest to charges that he kicked his girlfriend's Chihuahua to death after it soiled their bed in Redwood City.
Ariel Aspedilla, 26, of Manteca entered his no-contest plea to a felony animal cruelty charge on Monday in San Mateo County Superior Court. Judge Clifford Cretan sentenced him to nine months in jail and allowed Aspedilla to be released because of credit for time served.
Aspedilla was arrested March 13 after Chiquita, a 4-year-old female, died at an animal hospital, prosecutors said.
Aspedilla spent the night of March 6 with his girlfriend at her apartment and awoke to find that Chiquita had defecated and urinated on the bed, prosecutors said. Enraged, he kicked the dog four or five times, said Steve Wagstaffe, chief deputy district attorney.
Chiquita suffered five broken ribs, punctured lungs and a damaged liver and lost a significant amount of blood, authorities said. Aspedilla and his girlfriend brought the dog to Sequoia Veterinary Hospital in Redwood City, where a doctor tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate it, said Eva Fillyaw, a manager at the clinic.
Aspedilla was consoling his weeping girlfriend and appeared eager to accept the doctor's initial diagnosis that Chiquita might have an immune-system problem that was causing blood loss, Fillyaw said.
But a necropsy revealed the broken ribs as well as previous signs of abuse, Fillyaw said.
I pray for all the other chis out there with bad owners.
If a dog uses the restroom on the bed, it is your responsibility to clean it up and put the dog elsewhere.
My heart goes out to the poor little soul.