YUMA, Ariz. – On Saturday the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a wounded dog being near the 12400 block of East County 8th Street. They discovered a dog with a gunshot wound to the head and it appeared the dog may have been buried alive. Deputies investigated and learned the Dog belonged to a man that found him as a stray a month ago. That man was out of town at the time of the shooting and had his roommate watching the pet. Deputies say the roommate got mad at the dog for “making a mess” at his home. That when he allegedly took the dog to the scene along East County 8th Street and fired one shot into the dogs head. Deputies arrested the suspect, 19 year old Anthony Allen Hultine, on felony animal cruelty charges. He has since been released with no further details as to when he will appear in court next.
The Humane Society of Yuma took care of the injured dog over the weekend but due to the extent of the injuries they transferred it to a local veterinarian who performed surgery and was able to save the dogs life. The Humane Society of Yuma says that animal cruelty cases have been on the rise with 21 cases in April alone. Annette Lagunas, executive director of the Humane Society of Yuma said “In my 11 years of being at this facility i’ve never seen this many cases so close to each other”. They say that many years of studies have shown that people who harm animals in the extent of Hultine are likely to commit similar acts on people.
The Sheriff’s Office and Humane Society of Yuma both agree that the Yuma community has done a wonderful job at reporting these types of incidents and making sure the animals are taken care of and receive justice. If you do witness some type of animal abuse contact Yuma Animal Control.