SAN ANTONIO, Texas (NBC News Channel) – A Texas man is facing animal cruelty charges, accused of brutally abusing a dog because it urinated on its bed.
Vernon Ortiz, 41, allegedly stabbed his girlfriend’s dog in the face with a 6-inch hunting knife and used pliers to break the dog’s teeth.
After an investigation, Ortiz reportedly confessed to stabbing the dog. He is now charged with third-degree felony animal cruelty. If he is found guilty, he faces jail time and fines of up to $10,000.
Officials say the dog, named Cosmo, is recovering after being treated by veterinarians and is back with its owner.
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