Man Arrested for Bludgeoning Poodle With a Brick

The suspect told the dog's owner, a 16-year-old girl, that he was tired of her dog wandering into his yard, and she could find its body in her yard where he left it.


A San Mateo County man is accused of killing a teenage girl's poodle by hitting it in the head with a brick because the pet wandered into his yard one too many times, the district attorney said.

Marcos Montano-Topete, 32, who lives on Dumbarton Avenue in unincorporated Redwood City, faces one charge of felony animal cruelty in connection with the March 26 attack.

Prosecutors said Montano-Topete allegedly approached his 16-year-old neighbor and told her he was sick of her dog - a 26-pound poodle named 'Globsis' - coming onto his property, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Montano-Topete allegedly told the girl he had hit her dog and it was lying in her yard, Wagstaffe said.

The pet was found whimpering and convulsing in a pool of blood. The dog's snout appeared to be caved in, and deputies later found a brick nearby, according to the district attorney's office.

The dog was taken to a Peninsula veterinarian for medical treatment, but due to the severity of its injuries, the owners decided to have the dog euthanized.

Montano-Topete was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty, and pleaded not guilty in June. Defense attorney Tom Deremigio did not immediately return a call for comment.

Montano-Topete is due to appear in court for a superior court review conference Wednesday afternoon, and is scheduled to return for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 9.


- Bay City News Service


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Jennifer van der Kleut July 18, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Frank - seriously! I don't think I'd have any problems putting in my vote for the maximum punishment! Poor girl who owned the dog...
Phyllis McArthur July 18, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Did he really plead "not guilty"?
Sarah Kristen July 19, 2012 at 05:00 PM
completely heartless, disgusting, and cruel! my heart goes out to the owner.
Tim Smith July 20, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Totally needs to be taught what real justice is !
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