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Redwood City man receives jail and counseling for killing neighbor girl’s poodle
August 02, 2013, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Marcos Montano-Topete

A Redwood City man convicted of animal cruelty for angrily beating a teen neighbor girl’s poodle in the head with a brick so severely it had to be euthanized was sentenced yesterday to a year in jail and a dozen counseling sessions.

Marcos Montano-Topete, 33, must spend three years on supervised probation and is barred from living or working with animals. He was also ordered to pay the dog owner $800. Montano-Topete, who had been free on a $10,000 bail bond, was immediately taken into custody without bail after jurors convicted him in February and earned credit of 352 days against his year jail term.

He faced up to three years prison for the two felonies, animal cruelty and malicious killing of an animal. The prosecution asked for a two-year prison term with one year in custody and one year supervision which wouldn’t have changed the custody time but be symbolic, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti.

Prosecutors argued that on March 26, 2012 Montano-Topete approached his 16-year-old neighbor, saying he was sick of the dog coming onto his property and had struck it with a piece of brick. He threw the brick at Globsis, a 5-year-old poodle, because he saw the 12-pound dog having sex with his small Chihuahua. The dog had reportedly impregnated the Chihuahua twice previously.

Montano-Topete told jurors he tossed the brick from approximately seven feet away rather than striking the animal directly.

But prosecutors called the girl’s mom to testify that he had never complained about the dog and a sheriff’s deputy said Montano-Topete had admitted hitting the dog in the face.

An animal abuse expert who conducted the dog’s necropsy for the Peninsula Humane Society testified the poodle suffered multiple skull fractures which caused him extreme pain.

Defense attorney Ross Green did not return a call for comment.


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