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PETITION TARGET: Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin

UPDATE (6/3/2021):  Riverside, Calif. resident Angel Ramos-Corrales, 19, pleaded guilty today to one federal count of animal crushing, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.

He is scheduled for sentencing on Aug. 16 and faces up to seven years in federal prison for his admitted act of recording himself slitting a chihuahua’s throat, then posting the video on social media.

Ramos-Corrales told law enforcement he had purchased the tiny puppy,  whom he named Canelo, on Craigslist. During the atrocious Feb. 13 incident, he assaulted the puppy– causing head and torso injuries that included skull and rib fractures. He then slit the dog’s throat by at least an inch before declaring “I’m cold-hearted” to his online audience and kicking the dog, according to local news reporting from KTLA 5.

The FBI and Riverside Police arrested Ramos-Corrales on April 26. He appeared in court on the same day but was released on a $15,000 bond before he pleaded guilty on June 3.

We will continue to follow this case.

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A months-old Chihuahua puppy whose throat was slit desperately gasped for air while his attacker stood over him, describing to a camera the horrific act just committed. He then posted the video to social media, LA Times reported.

Police tracked the video to a Riverside, Calif.,  apartment, where they found Angel Ramos, 19, with fresh blood stains on his clothes and the puppy barely clinging to life, according to KTLA.

Veterinarians later had no choice but to euthanize the dying dog.

After finding the blood-soaked, near-dead puppy in Ramos’ bedroom, officers charged Ramos with felony animal cruelty and illegal possession of metal knuckles — also a felony charge. He was issued a “notice to appear” and released.

This dead Chihuahua deserves justice.  The person responsible for slitting the dog’s throat and broadcasting the senseless act of cruelty on social media must answer for his crimes. Sign this petition urging Riverside County District Attorney Michael Hestrin to prosecute the suspect to the fullest extent of the law.

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