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Trial set in puppy torture, killing
April 15, 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 in June for animal cruelty and child endangerment.

After Alan Velete, 31, pleaded not guilty in Superior Court and declined to waive his right to a speedy prosecution. He was scheduled for a May 6 pretrial conference followed by a June 2 jury trial.

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.

The girlfriend’s mother reportedly contacted police after Velete suffocated the puppy and took the body away in a duffel bag. Velete reportedly blamed the actions on mental issues.

He remains in custody on $50,000 bail.



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