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Man charged for attacking puppy, owner
November 06, 2013, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

Jorge Ruiz-Martinez

A Pescadero ranch hand prosecutors say was under the influence of crystal methamphetamine when he tried separately drowning a 9-week-old puppy and its owner inside the 67-year-old woman’s home was charged yesterday with five felonies.

In his first court appearance since being arrested Sunday, Jorge Ruiz-Martinez, 23, pleaded not guilty to felony counts of residential burglary, physical elder abuse, false imprisonment, methamphetamine possession and animal cruelty. He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of being under the influence.

Ruiz-Martinez asked for a court-appointed attorney and did not waive his right to a speedy prosecution so he returns to court Nov. 18 for a preliminary hearing. Meanwhile, he remains in custody on $100,000 bail and a no-bail hold.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Ruiz-Martinez after responding to a call from the woman he allegedly attacked. The woman reported that she found a man, later identified as Ruiz-Martinez, inside her home trying to force water down her dog’s throat from a water bottle. She freed the choking dog, Heidi, and put her in another room. She pushed the man out of the house and called her son but Ruiz-Martinez threw two rocks through the sliding glass door, entered and put the woman in a choke hold, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

He reportedly dragged her to the kitchen sink, held her jaw open and poured water in her mouth six times before she was freed, Wagstaffe said.

The woman’s son arrived at the home and called 911. Deputies found him in a field about 30 feet away. They also say he had crystal methamphetamine and was also under the influence of a controlled substance.

The woman had some bruising at her neck and the puppy was treated at the Peninsula Humane Society.


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