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Man feeds puppy to pit bulls, deputies say

Colton Shone
February 09, 2017 06:55 AM

A South Valley woman is terrified of her neighbor after she says he fed her puppy to a couple of pit bulls.

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The suspect, Marvin Riley, is in jail now and Bernadette Salazar hopes he stays there.

Charlie Brown was a beloved little Shih Tzu that was found abandoned on the West Mesa six months ago. Salazar took him in and says she loved him very much.

"He was a very good puppy. He had his own little personality," said Salazar. "He would bark and bark and bark, but he would bark to let you know that he was right by you. He was a good dog, he was my puppy. I miss him."

Riley is Salazar's next-door neighbor. According to the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office, Riley got into an altercation with someone else on the block on Tuesday. Then for no apparent reason, deputies say he walked to Salazar's yard, grabbed her dog and did something outrageous.

The report says Riley threw the puppy into another neighbor's yard that had two pit bulls. The pit bulls killed it.

"They tried to protect my dog, they tried to, but it just happened too fast," Salazar said of her neighbors who own the pit bulls.

Deputies arrived and took Riley into custody. They say he admitted to killing the dog. According to the police statement, "Marvin laughed and stated that he likes to do stuff like that."

The pit bull owner, Esther McMann, saw the whole thing happen and said it was not her dogs' fault. 

Salazar also believes the pit bulls are not to blame and said it is the person who threw her beloved animal in that yard who should be held accountable.

Salazar and McMann are very close and said they're worried Riley will get out of jail soon.

"A man like that has no business being here on this street," Salazar said.

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