Animal cruelty arrest made in case of Chihuahua dropped down garbage chute

A San Francisco man accused of dropping a four-month-old Chihuahua puppy down a garbage chute, causing her to lose her leg, pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges Friday.

Ronald Louis Jones, 59, was arraigned Friday on charges of felony animal cruelty and misdemeanor abandonment of an animal in connection with the attack last month.

The puppy, who has been dubbed “Rocky,” was found lying in the dumpster of a large apartment complex at Otis and McCoppin streets on Feb. 25 with severe injuries.

Animal Control officers determined she had been dropped three stories and lay in the dumpster for four days without food or water before she was found. She was dehydrated and suffered a severely broken rear leg that ultimately had to be amputated after surgeons determined it could not be repaired.

“The level of callousness alleged is stunningly atrocious,” District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement. “A person who would cause this degree of harm to a defenseless dog should not be allowed to have any animal in their care.”

Investigators arrested Jones after reviewing security footage of the incident. He was booked into jail Thursday afternoon, according to jail records.

“I am pleased that the diligent work by ACC’s animal control officers has led to an arrest in this appalling case,” says Animal Care & Control Executive Director Virginia Donohue. “We will not tolerate animal abuse in San Francisco.”

Rocky herself is recovering in foster care and is expected to be adopted by one of the investigating officers on the case.

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