Anthony, NM, man accused of starving dog

Christopher P. Morales

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department

Doña Ana County sheriff’s investigators have arrested a man who allegedly neglected to feed his dog. The dog died last week from what a veterinarian determined was long-term starvation and dehydration.

Christopher P. Morales, 35, was booked into the Doña Ana County jail on Oct. 20, 2011, on one felony count of cruelty to animals. His bond was set at $2,000.

On Tuesday, Oct. 18 investigator Robyn Gojkovich responded to a possible cruelty call from a Doña Ana County animal control officer who reportedly saw an extremely malnourished dog in the 400 block of Timbers in Anthony. The dog, a chow cross, appeared lifeless and lethargic but was still breathing. Efforts by a Doña Ana County veterinarian to save the emaciated dog was unsuccessful.

A necropsy and blood work showed the 24-pound dog — which should have weighed 55 pounds or more — had zero body fat.

During questioning, Morales allegedly admitted to feeding the dog a package of hot dogs on Oct. 15. He did not remember when the dog was fed after that, and said he left responsibility for feeding the dog to his 14 year-old son.

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