Salvador Martinez last week for grotesquely killing a nine month-old Chihuahua-mix by stabbing it in the heart with a screwdriver.
Local sheriff deputies claim Mr. Martinez openly admitted to not only butchering the little canine, but skinning and placing it in the freezer.
When asked why he decided to stab the family dog, Martinez apparently expressed concern for his ability to properly feed his grandchildren.
However, this explanation flies in the face of what the suspect's girlfriend — unnamed at this time — told police, stating
the house had more than enough food for the family.
Though eating dog (and cat) is actually legal in the state of New Mexico, the manner in which Martinez killed the family pet is not, according to Torrance County Sheriff Heath White.
As such, he was duly arrested and charged with animal cruelty, "a fourth degree felony charge"
in New Mexico.
Not surprisingly, this isn't the first run-in with the law for Salvador Martinez.
Eleven years ago he was arrested while trying to cross the US-Mexico border with roughly 30 pounds of cocaine. For this, Martinez was sentenced to a decade behind bars.
At this time, no mention of bail or a trial date has been made.
Police will hold Martinez in custody until further notice.