LAS VEGAS, N.M. (KRQE) – The man charged with extreme animal cruelty for the death of Hubble the dog is claiming charges should be dropped on the grounds of double jeopardy.
The case out of Las Vegas, New Mexico got a lot of attention with the community rallying around the dog that eventually died despite desperate efforts to save him.
Hubble and several other dogs were found chained outside a home in 2015 without food or water.
The owner, Alex Alirez, and his wife were charged with extreme animal cruelty. Charges have been dropped and then refiled several times.
Now Alirez’s attorney is claiming double jeopardy. He says Alirez was forced to give up his animals as part of a civil court order, meaning he’s already faced consequences for this case. He argues if he is retried it would constitute double jeopardy.
The judge has yet to rule on the order.