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Police Give Grieving Owner a New Puppy After Man Admits to Beating Relative's Dog to Death

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According to KMPH, a family in Madera, California, had an unwelcome visitor. Ambrocio Hernandez, who was a relative of those in the residence, had come to visit.

The family didn’t particularly want Hernandez around, apparently due to his history of drug abuse.

So when he began to act oddly, they did the only thing they could think of: They asked him to leave the premises.

Hernandez did, and he seemed to go quietly — at least at first. The family had called the police, and when a member of the family stepped outside a short time later, the individual beheld a horrible sight.

Blood stained the driveway. It didn’t take much investigation to determine the source of it.

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In their garbage can, police found the family’s six-month-old puppy dead. The dog, named Linda, had belonged to a young girl in the home.

Authorities tracked down Hernandez, who was still driving around the area. KMPH reporter Sarah Roebuck wrote, “Hernandez still had evidence of the crime on his clothing and hammer believed to have been used during the crime was found in his car.”

That understated sentence only begins to hint at the horror of the situation. Still, according to police, Hernandez confessed to committing the disgusting deed and was arrested for animal cruelty and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

He claimed he killed the puppy because he was simply tired of it.

The resolution of the incident was hardly satisfactory for everyone — especially the young child. So the Madera Police Department decided to try to make things better.



KMPH reported that police joined with the Madera County Animal Shelter to get a new dog for the family. They promptly delivered the perky little puppy.

“While yesterday was a heartbreaking day for the family that lost their cherished dog, today was a little bit brighter,” the police department wrote on Facebook.



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“While the new puppy can never replace the dog which they lost, we hope this new addition brings them happiness for years to come.”

We truly hope it will. While it’s impossible to erase trauma or restore things that are lost, at least the family can take solace in their fluffy new member.

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A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine.
A graduate of Wheaton College with a degree in literature, Loren also adores language. He has served as assistant editor for Plugged In magazine and copy editor for Wildlife Photographic magazine. Most days find him crafting copy for corporate and small-business clients, but he also occasionally indulges in creative writing. His short fiction has appeared in a number of anthologies and magazines. Loren currently lives in south Florida with his wife and three children.
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