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Man arrested in fatal attack on Chihuahua

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – A Newhall man was arrested Wednesday, accused of a fatal attack on a neighbor’s barking Chihuahua. Jay Meierstein, 49, was booked on suspicion of felony animal cruelty and was being held on $20,000 bail, sheriff’s Lt. Brenda Cambra said. The tiny dog had to be destroyed after it was attacked in the patio area of its owner’s Vista del Canon condominium on Via Princessa, a friend said. Neighbors rushed the Chihuahua to a veterinarian, where it was treated, but later put down, Cambra said. Witnesses told sheriff’s deputies that about 11:30 p.m. Monday they heard Meierstein pounding on the door of Deborah Marshall’s home in hopes of quieting the dog. Marshall was not home at the time and the witness saw Meierstein scale the fence to her patio and heard him running about as the dog yelped, Cambra said. The intruder then threw an injured dog over the fence and onto the pavement, Cambra said. The dog, suffering cuts and a possible broken pelvis, limped to a grassy area where two neighbors tried to help, she said. [email protected] (661) 257-5251 last_img

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