ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - The man accused of beating a dog so badly animal-welfare workers put it down remains jailed after facing a judge Saturday.
Investigators say a dog was beaten so badly animal workers had to put it down.
On Saturday the man deputies say is responsible for the horrific abuse faced a judge.
Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies allege Stephen Cervantes, 63, first threatened to shoot the dog and then beat it with an ax handle. He is now charged with extreme cruelty to animals.
On Monday deputies responded to a domestic dispute call on Paul Road and reported Cervantes was arguing with his son.
Cervantes claimed the son's pit bull had killed his small dog.
The criminal complaint says Cervantes then threatened to shoot the pit bull, but his wife put the dog in its kennel to try and stop him.
But Cervantes flipped the dog house over, dragged the pit bull out and struck him several times, according to the complaint.
Animal Welfare took the dog to the East Side Animal Shelter where they say it was later euthanized.
Cervantes is locked up in the Metropolitan Detention Center under a $100,000 cash-only bond.
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