Man Pleads Not Guilty To Fatally Shooting Ex’s Dog

INDIO (CBS) — A man accused of fatally shooting his ex-girlfriend’s pit bull pleaded not guilty Monday to four felony charges.

Raymond Alfred Espinoza is charged with cruelty to an animal, shooting at an inhabited residence, being a felon in possession of a firearm and discharging a firearm. According to prosecutors, the 35-year-old has two prior felony convictions.

Palm Springs police say Espinoza entered the home of Joyce Brightwell just before 4:30 p.m. on May 16, and shot her pit bull, which was later found dead on the kitchen floor.

“The dog had been shot several times with an unknown firearm,” Palm Springs police Sgt. Paul Abshire said.

Sheriff’s Deputy Herlinda Valenzuela says Espinoza was arrested Thursday at a Motel 6 in Rancho Mirage after contacting dispatchers to say he wanted to turn himself in.

Espinoza, who is jailed in lieu of $35,000 bail, is due back in court June 6.

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  • Tammy

    While I hope you are both joking, you are both sick, I hope all of you go to jail with the idiot who shot the dog. Or better maybe someone would make a meal out of you. Animlal crulity is NOT a joke and happens much to often.

  • Everyday Guy

    In a related story, local Korean restaurant says meat back on the menu.

  • Minerva

    You are beyond disgusting… and you are a troglodyte!
    I’d say I wish someone would make sarasoup… but it
    would undoubtedly taste like s***.

  • rich

    animal cruelty?? he shoots it several times which means it died fast whats so cruel?? cruel would be shoting it in the leg or something and letting it suffer i agree hes a dirt bag but i dont agree with animal cruelty

  • Ping Kee Ang

    If ” cruelty” as defined in the dictionary, means ” inflicting suffering “, then, the
    method used by the accused may not really have caused ” suffering” upon
    the dog considering that he fired at it several times for which the dog must have
    died almost instantly.
    When the death is instant, then, the ” suffering” is none, when suffering is none
    then ” cruelty.” is gone, unless we define “cruelty” some other ways around.

  • Minerva

    I love doggy soup too! It’s so good, especially puppy soup. The meat is a lot more tender than older dog meat.

  • Jeff

    Does anyone know how old the dog was? Reason being, if it was over 5 years old it wouldn’t make a good meat stew. I hope they didn’t throw the dog body away, would be a waste of good meat for soup and/or stew.

  • Cheryl McWomackstein

    Everyone needs to stop talking about using dog meat for soup and stew. It’s common knowledge that nowadays the hip thing to do is serve dog meat rare, a la tar tar like tuna. A bit of olive oil, some seasoning and you’re set. Enough with the soup talk, it’s gross!

  • Michael

    Where can one try doggy soup? Is there any available in Los Angeles? Sounds interesting and tasty.

  • Alan Hart

    Minimum five years. No parole.

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