Dog dies after being beaten with shovel
Dog dies after being beaten with shovel and sentenced to five years in prison in Coachella. Martinez is accused of using a shovel to beat a 3-year-old terrier mix named Rusty. An animal services officer rushed Rusty to an emergency hospital for pets, but he died two days later.
Efren Rodriguez Martinez, of Whitewater, was taken into custody in Coachella on Tuesday, which happened to be his 54th birthday, according to John Welch with the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. A neighbor reported hearing the dog being hit and also witnessed another blow to the dog moments later, according to officer Kyle Stephens with Animal Services.
According to a neighbor, Martinez swung the shovel and hit the dog one last time before scooping the dog upon the shovel and tossing it over his back fence into the desert.