A heartless man was arrested on animal cruelty charges in the Bayview on Tuesday after police discovered the corpse of a dead pit bull puppy in the back seat of his car, police said.
About 5:40 p.m., police pulled the man over for a traffic violation in the 200 block of Cameron Way, not far from Candlestick Park. When officers engaged the driver, they noticed he had his seat reclined “about 40 degrees,” police said.
The officers asked him to sit up, which he reluctantly did, but did not lift up the seat. This aroused the officers’ suspicion that he was hiding something, police said.
After a record check revealed the man was driving on a suspended license and was on probation, officers searched the car and found the dead puppy behind the driver’s seat.
The puppy was stuffed into a canvass bag, was biting his own tongue and “had fresh vomit near the mouth area,” police said.
During the course of their investigation through questioning the suspect and interviewing witnesses, police discovered that just 40 minutes earlier the suspect had allegedly wrapped the puppy’s mouth to prevent it from chewing on anything in the car, placed the puppy behind the driver’s seat and “locked the dog in” by reclining the seat down over it.
The suspect then reportedly went to a friend’s house for about a half -hour, police said. Upon returning to the car the suspect allegedly did not check on the condition of the dog until he was pulled over.
He was arrested and booked on multiple charges, including felony cruelty to animals, police said. The remains of the puppy were taken by Animal Care and Control to determine the cause of death.