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Man sentenced for attacking woman, puppy
April 12, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

The ranch hand who tried to drown a 9-week-old puppy and its 67-year-old owner at a Pescadero family ranch was sentenced Friday to two years prison for residential burglary and misdemeanor animal cruelty.

Jorge Ruiz-Martinez, 33, pleaded no contest to the charges in late February rather than stand trial on five felonies. In return, he was promised a two-year prison term with the judge’s consideration for less. On Friday, the defense asked for probation but Judge Jonathan Karesh opted for the maximum. With his credit, Ruiz-Martinez has approximately a year and a half left to serve.

On Nov. 3, 2013, the family matriarch reportedly found Ruiz-Martinez pouring water down the throat of her puppy, Heidi, and after freeing the dog later being attacked and choked with water herself.

Responding deputies found Ruiz-Martinez in a field about 30 feet away possessing and under the influence of crystal methamphetamine.



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