ALBEQUERQUE, NM - 46-year-old Salvador Martinez told police he killed, skinned, and refrigerated Onyx, the Chihuahua-dachshund mix because he was worried there wasn’t enough food for everyone living at his house.
His girlfriend told cops in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that wasn’t true.
Martinez was committed. He went so far as to use the Internet to find ways to cook the family pet.
“It is extremely disturbing to know that someone would be that brutal with a family animal," Torrance County Sheriff Heath White told KRQE.
White added there were several children home at the time and they “had full knowledge of what was taking place with their family pet."
White confirmed "the carcass was still inside the refrigerator being prepped for dinner," when Martinez was taken into custody.
Eating a dog is legal in New Mexico, but he will be charged with extreme animal cruelty and child abuse.
However, Martinez will probably land in the slammer for another reason.
In 2003, he was convicted for transporting cocaine into the US from Mexico. His current arrest landed him in federal custody for probation violation.