Central California

Visalia Man Held in Stomping Death of Dog

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — A Central California man was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after stomping a dog to death and tossing its body in the street in front of his home.

The Fresno Bee reports that police arrested 35-year-old Robert Mesa Monday evening after receiving calls of gunshots at a home. When police arrived, Mesa ran inside his house.

Police arrested Mesa after they found a dog dead in the street, as well as a loaded 12-gauge shotgun inside his home.
Witnesses said Mesa stomped and kicked the small dog before throwing its body into the street. He did not shoot the dog. It was not immediately clear if the dog belonged to Mesa.

Mesa was booked into jail on suspicion of animal cruelty, gun possession and terrorist threats.

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