A 19-year-old Riverside man is facing federal charges after slitting his young dog’s throat and uploading footage of the dog’s suffering to Snapchat.
Angel Ramos-Corrales was apprehended by the FBI and the Riverside Police Department on Monday after being charged with animal crushing, which is a federal offense that involves causing significant bodily harm to some kinds of animals for no reason other than shooting or other legal behavior.
Ramos-Corrales was first detained in February when police were alerted to a Snapchat video showing a tiny dog with a deep cut to its throat, gasping for breath, while a man stood over it cracking jokes like “I’m cold-hearted” and kicking the dying dog, nicknamed Canelo.
Ramos-Corrales was discovered with new bloodstains on his clothing and fresh cuts on his side, according to federal prosecutors. According to the federal criminal report, police discovered the critically wounded puppy on a bed, as well as blood, spatters in the bedroom and bathroom. According to the affidavit, a roommate informed the police that he locked himself in his room after seeing the bloodstains and the dog covered in a blanket, as Ramos-Corrales was screaming in his room.
According to federal authorities, Canelo was taken from the apartment and euthanized when a doctor discovered he had fractured bones in his head and chest.
According to investigators, Ramos-Corrales informed FBI agents in early March that he had purchased Canelo as a tiny puppy off Craigslist many months before but couldn’t recall what he did about the breed.
Ramos-Corrales faces a maximum term of seven years in federal prison if sentenced as alleged.