Local man arrested on two counts of animal cruelty

Update: (03/15/2015)

Carlos Fernandez posted his bond last night and was released from jail this morning.

Please do not post his address or visit his home. He is not presently living there and the house is occupied by somebody else not related to the acts Carlos is charged with. Neighbors wish for peace in their neighborhood.

UPDATE (02/04/2014):

A motion to increase the bond on Carlos Fernandez’s two animal cruelty charges has been filed. He is set for a judge’s conference and probation status hearing on March 5, 2015. ElPasoPets.org will be there to find out more.

UPDATE (2/03/2015): 

A BOND HEARING FOR CARLOS FERNANDEZ’S 3RD DWI WAS THIS AFTER NOON.
El Paso Pets was there and spoke to the Assistant District Attorney and the probation officer.
BOND FOR 3RD DWI IS SET AT $10,000 ($5,000 CASH/SURETY + $5,000 PR BOND).
STILL HAS ADDITIONAL $3,000 BOND FOR TWO ANIMAL CRUELTY CHARGES ($1,500 x two counts).
IF he raises bail money and is released he must meet the following terms:

NO ANIMALS IN HIS CARE/HOME OR ALLOWED WITHIN 200 FEET.
NO ALCOHOL OR DRUGS
NO DRIVING
MUST REPORT TO PROBATION OFFICER ONCE A WEEK.
If there are any additional charges filed against him the terms are voided including the PR bond.

UPDATE (Jan 29, 2014):

Carlos Fernandez was arrested in December with two charges of felony animal cruelty. Yesterday he was formally indicted on both counts. He is set for a bond hearing next Tuesday.
We’ll be in the courtroom and will post update after the hearing is over. El Paso Pets has also obtained crime scene photos, veterinarian reports, and police reports on the two animal cruelty charges as well as other related calls made earlier in 2014. We’ll be looking into the info and may release some more details at a later time since there is still a chance that more charges will be filed, we don’t want to jeopardize the investigation.

Please do not protest in this neighborhood or act out against this person. It’s rare that a person is ever charged and prosecuted for animal cruelty. Please don’t jeopardize the investigation.
There may be more charges added later. We’ll keep you updated as we get more information and can release it.
Thank you all that have shared the flyer.

UPDATE (Dec. 13, 2014, 6:00 pm):
In regards to the recent animal cruelty case in El Paso we ask the public to NOT share the person’s address or visit the neighborhood to protest or act against this person. We ask any admins of Facebook groups and pages to remove any mention of this person’s address.

We were informed that the house has been vandalized. Please stop.

1. Vandalizing this person’s home is not going to help the investigation in anyway and actually makes it harder to use any evidence found on the property in court.

2. There are some neighbors worried that people may vandalize the wrong houses.

Please do not protest in this neighborhood or act out against this person. It’s rare that a person is ever charged and prosecuted for animal cruelty. Please don’t jeopardize the investigation.
There may be more charges added later.
We’ll keep you updated as we get more information and can release it.
Thank you all that have shared the flyer.

ORIGINAL STORY:

In late August or early September Kern Neighborhood residents suspected Carlos Fernandez of animal abuse. They had videos and photos of Carlos Fernandez dragging a pitbull puppy from a leash, squeezing the dog’s rib cage causing the puppy to yelp and snap, and in some videos can be seen tossing a puppy into the air and on to a ceiling fan. Carlos is seen in videos pouring water on a puppy outside with a water hose, choking a pitbull puppy, and holding the leash up high to the point that the dog appears to go unconscious. On several occasions Fernandez would be seen walking dogs off leash in the Kern area. At other times Carlos was seen dragging dogs from a leash. Neighbors reported that Fernandez would constantly approach neighbors door to door or at parks and sidewalks claiming to be looking for a dog that he lost. There have been dead dogs found in his yard decomposing as well as the dead body of a young puppy in his trashcan.

These various incidents were reported to City of El Paso Animal Services. Videos and photos were provided. According to neighbors Animal Services transferred the videos and photos to the El Paso Police Department. For several months neighbors were not informed of any plans to investigate further. On one occasion Animal Services officer Valentine Garcia witnessed a dog that appeared to be injured. The dog was seized and taken to City of El Paso Animal Services shelter on Fred Wilson. On another occasion another dog was witnessed by an Animal Control Officer to have significant injuries as well. This dog was seized as well and it is alleged that this puppy’s injuries were so severe that the dog had to be euthanized (UNCONFIRMED).

On Wednesday, Dec. 10th, 2014 (booked Dec. 11, 2014) on a warrant for No Animal Microchip (WRT/ANIMAL-MICROCHIP). The warrant was for $102.00. Shortly after Fernandez was arrested the found of a local animal rescue organization met with KVIA to inform them of this story. KVIA released short clips of some of the videos in their story. On Friday, Dec. 13th, while Fernandez sat in the El Paso County Jail, El Paso Police Department charged him with two counts of Animal Cruelty (Non Farm Animal). His bond has been set at $1,500 each ($3,000 total). At this time ElPasoPets.org believes one charge may be a felony, but this is not confirmed.
We are hoping anyone with any information about Fernandez’s involvement with these animals abuse contact us at (915) 412-6642 or by email at info@elpasopets.org or contact the El Paso Police Department to share your information. We are interested in hearing from anyone that may have given Fernandez any pets or witnessed any type of abuse of animals by Fernandez.

Carlos Fernandez does have a criminal record that includes Aggravated Assault (1994), Criminal Mischief (2007), DWI (2009), DWI BAC .15 or higher (2009), DWI 3rd or more (2013), and Probation Violation DWI .15 or higher (2014).

At this point Carlos Fernandez is only charged with two counts of Animal Cruelty, but they do not involve any of the incidents caught on video or photographs.

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