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Man killed his mom’s little dog by throwing it at wall, police say

Israel Moses Martinez
Israel Moses Martinez Sacramento police photo

A man on the Sacramento region’s most wanted list for allegedly killing his mother’s dog was arrested Thursday.

In November, police said, Israel Moses Martinez, 39, slammed his mother’s Chihuahua against a wall and killed it after someone repeatedly asked him to take it outside.

“He ultimately got mad and threw the dog into the wall,” said Sgt. Bryce Heinlein, a spokesperson for the Sacramento Police Department.

Police began investigating the incident in May after the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department notified them about an unrelated case involving Martinez, Heinlein said. During the course of that investigation, detectives talked to witnesses who said they saw the November incident unfold, he said.

Sacramento police later found the Chihuahua in a shallow grave, according to Heinlein, who said a medical examination of the dog’s remains showed signs of trauma.

Police weren’t able to locate Martinez at the time, which led them to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Records from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department show Martinez is being held in the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center in Elk Grove. Bail is set at $10,000, jail records show.

Martinez faces a felony charge of maliciously maiming an animal. He is scheduled to appear at the Sacramento County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. on Monday for an arraignment hearing.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets