Two men have been arrested in Central California in connection with a dog being tied to a fire hydrant and attacked with machetes. As if this wasn’t heinous enough, the dog was then left for dead.
Owner Ralph Guerrero said he would have been willing to pay for the injuries inflicted by his dog, but said he wanted to see the injuries first and to “handle things the right way.” He had allowed a friend to walk his dog, and the incident occurred during that time.
Lucious was mortally injured and had to be euthanized after the attack.
Your Central Valley reported May 2 that Pattillo was arrested first. Then Carney was arrested after an anonymous call came in from a concerned citizen. Investigators for the Merced Police Department charged both men on suspicion of animal cruelty and robbery, both felonies in California.
Pattillo’s bail has been set at $105,000 and Carney’s was $55,000. As of late Saturday, both men remain in custody at John Latorraca Correctional Facility.
Ralph Guerrero was present Saturday at the corner of G and Olive streets to attend a rally in protest against animal abuse. In an interview with Merced Sun Star, Ralph stated
“I love seeing all this, all this love and support. It’s reassuring to see that people care.”
About 50 people attended the protest. Not only to honor Lucious but to remind residents of Merced that this is the second animal killed in a brutal manner this year. In January, a German Shepherd was beaten to death with a baseball bat.