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Buckeye police arrest man accused of killing roommate's dog

Posted at 2:38 PM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 18:37:31-04

BUCKEYE, Ariz. (AP) - Police in Buckeye say a man has been arrested for allegedly mutilating and beheading a dog.

They say 21-year-old Jose Vega Meza has been booked into a Phoenix jail on suspicion of two counts of animal cruelty and one count of misdemeanor assault for allegedly attacking another prisoner.

It's unclear if Vega Meza has a lawyer yet.

A woman told police she was moving her belongings out of a home she shared Vega Meza on Saturday, but lost track of her dog.

Friends helping her move later noticed Vega Meza trying to load a small box onto a truck.

The woman confronted Vega Meza and opened the box and found her headless dog inside.

She says she was so distraught that she waited until Sunday morning to contact police.