Riverside man arrested after “savage” killing of chihuahua puppy
WRITER’S NOTE: Although Riverside County News Source (RCNS) received a copy of the video in question, due to its extremely graphic and horrifying nature, it was decided not to show or share the video.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — “Horrifying” video of a man standing over a small chihuahua puppy “whose neck had been slashed and was gasping for air” led to the arrest of the man who allegedly slashed the tiny dog’s neck Saturday, Feb. 13.
In a video posted to social media by the alleged suspect, the man could be seen standing over the small dog, which had suffered “a large laceration to its neck”, as he made comments about the “very savage” act he had just committed officials have since reported.
Despite life-saving efforts, the puppy later had to be euthanized by animal control officials.
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The animal cruelty investigation began around 7:45 p.m., after the City of Riverside’s Public Safety Communications Center received a call regarding a social media post showing the possible killing of a dog, Riverside PD officials have since said of the incident and arrest.
“Based on the social media profile of the person who posted the video, Riverside Police Officers responded to an apartment complex in the 3500 block of Lou Ella Lane, located in the Eastside neighborhood of Riverside, to search for the suspect,” explained RPD.
When they arrived at the apartment complex, officers spotted a person matching the description of the suspect from the video and detained him without incident.
19-year-old Angel Ramos, of Riverside, was arrested after posting video to social media that showed him standing over a 4 to 6 month old Chihuahua puppy whose neck he had just slashed, according to authorities; who said the small dog was gasping for air while Ramos made comments about the “very savage” act he had just committed. RPD photo
The man, since identified as Angel Ramos, 19, of Riverside, was found to be in possession of illegal metal knuckles.
“He also had fresh bloodstains on his clothing and cuts on his hands,” said RPD.
When officers searched Ramos’ apartment, they discovered a 4 to 6 month-old Chihuahua in the suspect’s bedroom.
“(The dog was) suffering from a severe neck injury and barely alive,” officials described.
The Riverside County Department of Animal Services responded and rushed the gravely injured puppy to an emergency pet clinic for treatment of its critical injuries.
“Unfortunately, veterinarians determined the dog would not survive and had to be euthanized,” said RPD.
Based on their investigation, officers arrested Ramos and he was later booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside for cruelty to an animal and illegal possession of metal knuckles, both felonies.
However, due to the current emergency bail schedule for “non-violent offenses”, Ramos was issued a “Notice to Appear” citation and released from custody soon after his arrest, according to RPD.
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“This appeared to be a very savage act committed toward this poor animal,” Animal Services Director Julie Bank later said of the “horrific” incident. “It is very unfortunate the dog could not be saved.”
“Nonetheless, we appreciate Riverside Police taking the lead in this suspected cruelty case,” added Bank.
Online jail records indicated Ramos is scheduled to be arraigned at the Riverside Hall Of Justice on May 20.
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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).
Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.
Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.