Man facing animal abuse charges after reports of him hitting dog - Tucson News Now

Man facing animal abuse charges after reports of him hitting dogs with a shovel

Noe Morales (Source: Tucson Police Department) Noe Morales (Source: Tucson Police Department)
Tyler, the dog whose rear leg was amputated after a severe fracture. (Source: Tucson Police Department) Tyler, the dog whose rear leg was amputated after a severe fracture. (Source: Tucson Police Department)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Tucson Police Department arrested 28-year-old Noe Morales on Friday, Feb. 24, in a home in the 4500 block of South Mission.  Morales is in the Pima County Jail, facing a felony animal abuse charge.   

According to a TPD release it began on Dec. 20, 2016 when TPD responded to a report of animal abuse in the 2500 block of East Cameron Vista.  The caller stated they had witnessed a man in the neighborhood hitting three dogs several times with a shovel, and that the dogs were yelping with one appearing to limp.  

TPD officers arrived at the house, they found a man, identified as Morales, standing in the yard with a shovel in his hand.  According to the release he told officers he was filling holes with the shovel and denied hitting the dogs.  Officers then asked to see the dogs, reporting that one had a severe limp.  

An investigator with Pima Animal Care Center arrived with TPD detectives to continue the investigation. After an examination of the three dogs, PACC took custody and cited Morales for several violations -  Neglect-no shelter, Neglect-no water, No License and No Rabies Vaccination.  

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"Tyler", the dog with the limp was taken for immediate medical evaluation, where doctors discovered he had a fracture to one of his hind legs. According to PACC despite medical treatment, veterinarians had to amputate the leg.  

According to PACC, the three dogs taken from Morales have all been adopted.  

The Tucson Police Department is thanking the person who witnessed the incident and called it in.  

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