Arizona man sentenced to 120 days in jail under stricter animal cruelty law

Mar 28, 2021, 7:15 AM | Updated: 8:05 pm
(Arizona Humane Society Photo)...
(Arizona Humane Society Photo)
(Arizona Humane Society Photo)

PHOENIX — The Arizona Humane Society announced on Wednesday that a man pled guilty to Class 5 animal cruelty 18 months after severely injuring a dog.

As part of a plea agreement, Netzer Villagomez will serve 120 days in jail, three years of supervised probation, do 360 hours of community service and pay restitution to AHS, according to a press release.

He will not be allowed to have contact with the victims, nor be in possession of an animal while on probation.

Villagomez will also undergo drug monitoring and counseling, a mental health assessment and attend anger management counseling.

Miso, the pug, was found in September 2019 near 32nd Avenue and Camelback Road suffering from extreme injuries.

The dog was treated at the Arizona Humane Society’s trauma hospital, where X-rays discovered that the pup had sustained two fractured ribs, a fractured pelvis and a fractured tooth, according to a press release.

Officials added that bloodwork also revealed Miso’s liver had elevated values consistent with acute injuries.

In addition, bloodwork also revealed elevated liver values consistent with acute injuries.

The case is the first Arizona Humane Society animal abuse case booked and sentenced as a Class 5 felony under HB2671, according to the release.

Having gone into effect August 27, 2019, the bill strengthens the state’s animal cruelty laws to “ensure that the punishment for the most heinous acts of animal cruelty now more appropriately fit the crime.”

Raising the charges from Class 6 to Class 5 means that those cases can no longer be dropped to a misdemeanor and could possibly include both jail time and supervised probation and treatment.

According to the release, AHS’ animal cruelty investigators responded to over 6,200 calls of suspected cases last year.

Arizona News

Phoenix Fire Department photo...

Firefighters rescue injured hiker on South Mountain in helicopter

A man who fell six feet during his hike on South Mountain got transported via a helicopter to a local ambulance.
1 day ago
Near 12th Street and Northern Avenue, Phoenix. (Twitter Photo/@Crossfire923)...
SuElen Rivera

Parts of Valley sees light showers, more chances of rain this weekend

As monsoon season wraps up, parts of the Valley received some rain Friday evening heading into the weekend.
1 day ago
A woman gets a COVID-19 Pfizer booster shot in the "Im Lauesch" nursing home of Strasbourg, eastern...

Arizona reports 2,916 new COVID-19 cases, 69 more deaths Saturday

Arizona health officials on Saturday reported 2,916 new COVID-19 cases and 69 additional deaths from the disease.
1 day ago
Office Kyle Trouton (Peoria Police Department Photo)...
SuElen Rivera

Peoria police officer catches man who jumped from 2nd story of burning home

Police in Peoria said one of their own rescued a man who jumped from the balcony of a burning home.
1 day ago
(Pixabay Photo)...
Data Doctors

Here’s how to get into geocaching, an outdoor and virtual treasure hunt

If you love the outdoors and treasure hunting or want a high-tech way to get the kids outside, geocaching is worth checking out.
1 day ago
(Photo courtesy of FuelFest)...

FuelFest announces rescheduled date for Chandler event

The automotive celebration hosted by Tyrese Gibson and Cody Walker of the "Fast and Furious" franchise will come to Chandler on December 4.
1 day ago
Arizona man sentenced to 120 days in jail under stricter animal cruelty law