REDWOOD CITY -- A San Mateo County man was convicted of animal cruelty for fatally bashing a neighbor's poodle with a brick because he claimed the dog had impregnated his Chihuahua several times.
Marcos Montano-Topete, 32, was immediately taken into custody after jurors found him guilty Friday of killing the 12-pound pooch named Globsis, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Montano-Topete was being held without bail and faces up to three years behind bars when he's sentenced March 12.
Defense attorney Tom Deremigio confirmed Globsis had impregnated his client's dog three times, but declined further comment.
Prosecutors say Montano-Topete smashed the poodle's snout and head March 26 in unincorporated Redwood City after Globsis came onto his property. During his testimony, as the only defense witness, Montano-Topete told jurors he saw the poodle mating with his dog and hurled a brick at it, Wagstaffe said.
The poodle survived the initial strike, but was left whimpering and convulsing on the ground. Montano-Topete then allegedly told the 16-year-old neighbor girl, who owned Globsis, about the attack and she called sheriff's deputies. The Peninsula Humane Society rushed Globsis into emergency surgery at Redwood City Pet Hospital, but he had to be put down due to the severity of the injuries.
In addition to animal cruelty, jurors also convicted Montano-Topete of maliciously killing an animal. Both charges are felonies.
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