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Phoenix man arrested under new, stricter animal cruelty law

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PHOENIX — A Phoenix man is facing stiffer animal cruelty charges under an Arizona law that took effect a month ago.

A medical exam found that a pug named Miso — an emotional support animal — had two broken ribs, pelvis, tooth and other injuries.

“Our medical team really just wants to keep an eye on him, especially to see if there’s any internal effects that weren’t originally noted,” said Bretta Nelson, a spokeswoman with the Arizona Humane Society.

She also says the new state law classified the abuse as a felony that could lead to jail time, supervised release and treatment if Netzer Villagomez, 19, is convicted of abusing his dog.

“These laws will certainly show people that we’re going to take these things very seriously,” Nelson said.

Phoenix police say Villagomez sent pictures of the abuse by mobile device to another person. They added that Villagomez made admissions to harming the dog on purpose.

The Humane Society has responded to 7,121 calls of animal abuse in the past 11 months.

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