Police say Moreno and his girlfriend adopted the pit bull, Wiggles, back in ’08. When the two split in ’12, Moreno kept the dog.
Shortly after the breakup, Moreno attempted to get his woman back. When she failed to come running, police say he began using the dog as bait.
“Wiggles is dead. I hope you’re happy b—-.” Moreno is alleged to have texted to the woman.
When the woman called and asked after the pup’s health, Moreno admitted the dog was still alive and presumably fine.
On another occasion, Moreno reportedly informed the woman Wiggles was sick and he couldn’t afford to pay for whatever treatment the dog needed. When the woman responded and offered to pitch in, Moreno asked her to dinner — she declined. Denied, he reportedly refused to accept her help, telling her the dog was fine.
He tried once more, this time sending the woman a photo of the emaciated pup. No word on what her response was, but I’m guessing it wasn’t in his favor. Again.
Moreno then decided to drop Wiggles off at the animal shelter, claiming the dog was a stray. Wiggles was so emaciated he had to be euthanized. A photo of Wiggles can be seen here, but it ain’t pretty, folks.
Moreno has been charged with animal cruelty. And because he was found to have an unknown amount of weed in his pocket at the time of his arrest, they threw on a charge of possession.Tags: Animal Cruelty, Arizona, Luis Moreno, Phoenix, possession of marijuana