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West Valley man attacked mother, killed her dog, police say

West Valley man attacked mother, killed her dog, police say

(Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office)



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WEST VALLEY CITY — West Valley police have arrested a man accused of killing his mother’s dog.

Antonio Andre Sanchez, 32, of West Valley City, was arrested on Friday, his 32nd birthday, for investigation of aggravated cruelty to animals, assault, intoxication and criminal mischief.

Sanchez’s mother told police that her son had been drinking at her house and that “she was upset and told him to stop drinking,” according to a police booking affidavit.

Sanchez then became upset with his mother and punched her repeatedly with a closed first and kicked her leg, the affidavit states. The mother also told police their dog was found dead in the garage and bleeding from its nose.

“It appeared the dog had been hit with a blunt item,” police wrote.

Sanchez’s criminal history includes domestic-violence related incidents and theft, according to court records.

Help for people in abusive relationships can be found by contacting the YWCA’s Women in Jeopardy program at 801-537-8600, or the confidential statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-897-LINK (5465). Resources are also available online at udvc.org.

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