California man accused of using assault rifle to kill dog that peed on lawn

Modesto Ramos (Photo courtesy of the Tulare County Sheriffs Office)

TULARE, Calif. — Authorities in California say a man accused of using an assault rifle to shoot and kill a Chihuahua that peed on his lawn and car was arrested and faces animal cruelty charges.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Monday that a woman contacted officials Saturday after noticing her white Chihuahua, named “Chavo,” was missing and told authorities she suspected her neighbor, 23-year-old Modesto Ramos.

The office says Ramos was arrested later Saturday after he told investigators he became angry at the 8-year-old dog for urinating on his yard and car, fatally shot him and then buried the dog.

Deputies searched Ramos’ home and found AR-15 and AK-47 rifles that are banned in California.

Ramos also faces charges of possession of banned assault weapons and negligent discharge of a firearm.

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