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San Diego man is arrested in beating of dog with tree branch

April 28, 2009 |  3:11 pm

A 39-year-old San Diego man was arrested today on felony animal cruelty charges for allegedly beating his dog with a tree branch.

Gabriel Miguel Moreno was arrested and taken to San Diego County Jail in Vista after he went to the animal shelter in Carlsbad to reclaim his dog, an Australian cattle dog named Bandito.

The dog had been taken to the shelter Sunday after witnesses said Moreno beat it when it tried to eat his lunch at the Del Mar Horse Park. County Animal Control officers have impounded the dog, which will be offered for adoption once it recovers from injuries to its left eye and head.

—Tony Perry