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RWC Man Pleads Not Guilty to Torturing, Killing Puppy in Front of Daughter

The puppy's name was Lucky.

Alan Velete, 31, of Redwood City  Photo: SMC Sheriff's Office booking photo
Alan Velete, 31, of Redwood City Photo: SMC Sheriff's Office booking photo
By Bay City News
           
A Redwood City man accused of torturing a puppy to death in front of his 4-year-old daughter has been charged with felony animal cruelty and child endangerment, the San Mateo County district attorney said today.
           
Alan Velete, 31, on Monday pleaded not guilty to both charges in San Mateo County Superior Court, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
           
Prosecutors allege that Velete began abusing the animal in early December when he moved into his girlfriend's mother's Redwood City apartment with his girlfriend and their young daughter, Wagstaffe said.
           
The family owned a 4-month-old terrier puppy named "Lucky," he said.
           
Velete allegedly became enraged when Lucky defecated inside the apartment, sparking episodes of torture over the next four weeks that included punching and kicking the dog, spraying household cleaner in its eyes and taping its mouth shut, Wagstaffe said.
           
Prosecutors further allege that Velete force-fed the puppy his own psychiatric medicine, and that much of the abuse took place in front of the defendant's daughter, the district attorney said.
           
The dog died by being suffocated on Jan. 6, prosecutors said. Velete put the body in a duffel bag and threw it in a garbage bin.
           
His girlfriend's mother made an anonymous report to police after the dog was killed, Wagstaffe said.
           
Velete was arrested three days later and remains in San Mateo County Jail in lieu of $37,500 bail.
           
In addition to the charges of animal abuse and child endangerment, Velete has been charged with violating a court-ordered restraining order to stay away from his girlfriend's mother, Wagstaffe said.
           
He is scheduled to be back in San Mateo County Superior Court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 27.

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Merrily January 15, 2014 at 09:51 AM
Why are you printing the person's name who reported anonymously?? This may worry people in the future of reporting crimes...just saying!
Sheila Neufeld January 15, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Too bad the woman didn't report it sooner. That puppy might have not had to endure so much pain and suffering and might still be alive today. AND the child wouldn't have had to witness such awful things.
Laura R January 15, 2014 at 05:08 PM
It is common for abusers of women and children to torture puppies; this sends a clear message that they may be next: "I can do that to you, too." A thorough investigation needs to be done, including questioning the women and the child away from the abuser, to determine what other crimes he may have committed.
Alison January 15, 2014 at 11:17 PM
And yet Wagstaffe never told the press about the child pornography arrest of multimillionaire Silicon Valley executive Luke Lonergan, who had been in the Wall Street Journal... go figure.
A Davies January 29, 2014 at 08:02 AM
This ugly scum bag will go on to hurt/kill human victims if he isn't stopped now. I hope he burns in hell for what he has done. Also, he shouldn't be allowed any access to his child. He will have already damaged her beyond belief by his actions - he is a child abuser as well as the torturer of animals. I just hope he is sent to jail and gets some retribution from his fellow prisoners.
Laura R January 29, 2014 at 12:41 PM
Re A. Davies comment: He has no doubt already hurt human victims, probably with similar methods to those he used on the puppy, as written above, " torture ...that included punching and kicking ..., spraying household cleaner in its eyes and taping its mouth shut." I agree that he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and his human victims receive counseling.

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