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Felony. I guess he is not a golfer.
DA: Man wakes up, fatally kicks Chihuahua after it soiled bed
By Jenna V. Loceff
Bay Area News Group
Article Launched: 03/15/2008 04:11:10 PM PDT
REDWOOD CITY - Authorities say a Manteca man delivered fatal kicks to a 4-year-old Chihuahua named Chiquita after he woke up and discovered the dog had soiled the bed.
The four of five kicks caused major internal injuries that resulted in the female dog's death, according to San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
The dog belonged to Ariel Aspedilla's girlfriend, Elyssa Palmer, 22, who watched in vain as doctors at a veterinary hospital tried to resuscitate the dying dog after the March 6 attack.
Aspedilla, 26, was charged Wednesday in San Mateo County Superior Court with one felony count of intentional injury to an animal and one misdemeanor count of neglect. He pleaded not guilty to both counts. Bail was set at $50,000.
If Aspedilla is convicted on the felony charge, he faces up to three years in prison.
Stephen Palmer, Elyssa's father, said that that after booting the tiny dog, Aspedilla called Elyssa to tell her that Chiquita had wet the bed. Elyssa, who works as the nanny of a 3-year-old girl, came home to find the dog on the floor.
They drove the dog to the Sequia Veterinary Hospital, while Elyssa tried to administer CPR, Palmer said.
Doctors at the hospital informed the Peninsula Humane Society that there was a possibility of animal cruelty.
"Once we had the necropsy from the vet, our investigators called the owner for moreinformation," humane society spokesman Scott Delucchi said.
The humane society worked with Paul Paulin, an investigator for the District Attorney's Office. They interviewed Aspedilla, who admitted to kicking the dog, Paulin said.
"I can't emphasize enough how sad and tragic this is," Delucchi said. "She lost her companion animal and had to hear some pretty tough things about her boyfriend, too."
Prosecutor Sean Dabel called the situation a "very serious crime."
"We don't see very many cases like this, thankfully," Dabel said.