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Man allegedly kills ex-girlfriend's dog, dumps it in West Hills trash bin

A municipal water district engineer was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after he killed the dog of an Agoura Hills woman he used to date and dumped the small Maltese in a West Hills trash bin, investigators said Friday.

Rommel Marzan, 44, was arrested Tuesday after investigators deemed his story that he had fallen on the small dog as less than credible and a veterinarian determined the animal died from blunt head trauma, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Det. Steve Colitti.

Marzan works for the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District.

After the woman went home and found her dog missing, she received a call from Marzan, who told her he had accidentally killed it, Colitti said.

“He told her he had fallen on the dog and then panicked and dumped the dog,” Colitti said.

The woman immediately called sheriff’s deputies, who contacted Marzan. He told deputies the same story -- that he had accidentally fallen on the dog and killed it and dumped it in a San Fernando Valley trash bin in a panic, Colitti said. Skeptical deputies “felt he was not being forthcoming,” Colitti said

Marzan later acknowledged that he “may have stepped on the dog,” Colitti said.

The Maltese was retrieved from the dumpster, and a veterinarian determined the dog had died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Marzan was released in lieu of $50,000 bail. A supervisor at the Las Virgenes water district said Marzan has been placed on leave.

-- Richard Winton

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What a man that guy is, taking out his anger on a defenseless animal. Perhaps now he will become the defenseless animal in jail.

I have seen this dog and its owner walking around my neighborhood, and Buttons, the little white dog, was as sweet and kind as the owner. From what I have gathered, the accused brought a hammer over when he knew the woman (who had asked him to never come over again as her dog was scared of him) would not be home. It sounds like the entire thing was planned, and I wish the penalty for something like this was more than 3 years.

Cage him in with some hungry and angry pit bulls. Justice served!

One can only hope that this idiot gets what he deserves - I hope he rots in hell.

Straight to the electric chair for this criminal!

It will be a miracle if he even serves one day in prison, coz the laws are far too soft on animal abusers and animal killers. He should get at least 10 years for this, the scum that he is. Ask yourself, would you trust someone like this around your kids? He is a sick deranged killer and should be locked up.

dog killer should be killed like dog or judges, law makers, defense lawyers be killed like the dog.

Just awful - sickening. Glad he didn't "accidentally" step on his ex, but so sad he took out his insanity on that poor dog. Hope his jail buddies are as heartless to him as he was to that dog.

Throw the book at him judge. How is it that some types of humans can be so cruel?

What type of people do this stuff? Somebody screw him over please and burn him up.

How is this news story news worthy?

I think to count on our prison's inmates to dole out justice should be considered cruel and unusual. Torture, murder and rape is expected in our prison system and it only serves to encourage like behavior upon release. If you were innocent going in, you are of a criminal mindset coming out. If you are a petty thief going in, you are an expert criminal coming out. This country is doing nothing to prevent criminals, much less crime.

It is HIGHLY unlikely that "anger management" classes would cure a guy like this. He's shown that the level of rage he has is so great, he might do it again given the same or similar circumstances.

This worthless piece of garbage knew the dog was afraid of him,why would he come to her home when she wasnt there??His intent was to Harm someone or something...He's a murderer and i might believe she is lucky she wasnt home,because a person who would violently kill a harmless dog ,Is not to far from being able to kill a person!...a long prison term is what he deserves!and a large fine to pay for his stay and 3 square meals!!

I hope his owner knows she had no control over this. She most likely won't date anyone like that again.


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