Chihuahua Death Leads to Animal Cruelty Arrest

Friday, Feb 18, 2011  |  Updated 1:57 PM EDT
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Chihuahua Death Leads to Animal Cruelty Arrest

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The ASPCA says a man faces a felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty after a Chihuahua died with a fractured skull.

Jerry Melendez of Queens was arrested Friday. If convicted, he could face up to two years in prison and a $2,000 fine.

The ASPCA's Joseph Pentangelo said the 5-year-old family pet was beaten and had to be euthanized.

The brown, tan and white dog, named Spotiye, weighed 8 pounds. The arrest report lists Melendez's weight as 265 pounds.

A necropsy also revealed Spotiye suffered from an eye hemorrhage and blood in his stomach.

The name of Melendez's lawyer was not immediately on record.

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