ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A family wants to know why a neighbor shot and killed their dog before leaving it on their doorstep.
The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department said the neighbor pulled the trigger because the dog had been in his house.
Michael Reid was arrested Friday for extreme cruelty to animals. According to a criminal complaint, his wife called him that afternoon to say the neighbor’s dog had gotten inside their South Valley house.
Deputies said Reid came home and got the dog, a Chihuahua mix, out of the house and into a pen.
Reid’s sister tells KRQE News 13 that dog had been acting aggressively in Reid’s home and had bitten their Yorkshire Terrier.
Soon after getting it outside, police say Reid got his .22 caliber rifle, went out back and shot the dog at least twice
According to a criminal complaint, he later dumped the dog’s body at the owner’s home just across the street and then used a racial slur against the family.
“First, they shot my dog in the head and then they start screaming wetbacks,” Romana Pizarro said. “I mean, it’s pretty bad.”
Reid’s sister tells KRQE News 13 Reid denies making any racial slurs towards the family, but does apologize for bringing the dead dog over.
Her 12-year-old son made the gruesome discovery.
“I have dreams about him and every time I wake up in the morning, I cry,” Jose Rodriguez said.
Pizarro said this isn’t the first time Reid has lashed out at her and her family. Reid’s sister claims these neighbors have been nothing but trouble since they’ve moved in and never properly controlled their dog.