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Dad to trial for torturing and killing puppy
March 28, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Alan Velete

A Redwood City man accused of torturing the family’s 4-month-old puppy by spraying household cleaner in its eyes and taping his mouth shut before eventually suffocating the animal will stand trial for animal cruelty and child endangerment.

Alan Velete, 31, has pleaded not guilty but was held to answer after a preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon. Judge Richard Livermore also hiked Velete’s $37,500 bail to $50,000. He returns to court April 11 to enter a Superior Court plea and potentially set a trial date.

Prosecutors say Velete was angry the terrier mix puppy, Lucky, defecated on the floor so he spent a month torturing the animal before killing it. The alleged abuse included keeping him crated in the bathroom, punching and kicking him, feeding him his bipolar medications, taping his mouth shut, spraying household cleaner in his eyes and hanging him in a duffel bag from the shower while he whimpered. Some of the abuse reportedly happened in front of his 4-year-old daughter.

Velete eventually suffocated Lucky and took him away in a duffel bag after which the girlfriend’s mother, who had been too terrified to contact authorities before, finally called the police, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Velete reportedly blamed the actions on mental issues.

Velete, who has prior convictions for assault and domestic violence, is on both felony and misdemeanor probation.



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