Man accused of torturing, killing terrier puppy in front of 4-year-old girl pleads not guilty 

A man accused in the heinous torture and death of a 4-month-old puppy, much of it reportedly done in front of his 4-year-old daughter, plead not guilty to felony animal cruelty and child endangerment charges in San Mateo County Court on Monday, the District Attorney's Office said.

Alan Velete, 31, of Redwood City, is accused of routinely torturing the family's terrier puppy over the last month, before killing it Jan. 6 by suffocation, prosecutors said.

Velete, who was arrested Jan. 9, was also on probation for assault with a deadly weapon charges from 2011.

The abuse reportedly began in early December when Velete moved in with his girlfriend into her mother's house with their 4-year-old daughter, which was reportedly in violation of a restraining order. The mother had a restraining order against Velete that is related to the 2011 assault charges, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

The puppy, named Lucky, went to the bathroom inside the apartment once and Velete reportedly became enraged. Over the next several weeks he allegedly tortured the puppy. He is reported to have punched and kicked the puppy, spraying household cleaner in its eyes, and feeding it his own psychiatric prescription medication, among other ghastly deeds, Wagstaffe said. Much of this abuse happened in front of the 4-year-old daughter.

Velete allegedly killed the puppy Jan. 6 and disposed of its body in a duffel bag, which was tossed into a Dumpster.

The girlfriend and mother had been too terrified to call police, prosecutors said, but after the dog was killed, they did. He was arrested Jan. 9.

His next date in court is Jan. 27 and he is still in custody on $37,500 bail.

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