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NEW MEXICO — Onyx was a 9 month old, part dachshund and part chihuahua. She was a family dog, one that Mandy Malone kept in part to play with her grandchildren.

Until Onyx ended up in Malone’s freezer.

How did she get there? According to a criminal complaint filed in a Torrance County, New Mexico, court, the dog was stabbed in the heart and skinned. Parts of the animal were then buried in the backyard, while others were stashed inside a bag in a freezer.

“He had her marinating in Italian dressing in the fridge,” Malone told CNN affiliate KOAT. “…What could possibly go through someone’s mind to do something that sick?”

Authorities characterized the man they say killed the dog as Malone’s boyfriend.

Salvador Martinez was released Wednesday on bond tied to the felony charge of extreme cruelty to animals, Torrance County Sheriff Heath White said. The sheriff predicted he wouldn’t be free for long.

“He was already on probation for trafficking drugs and … violated his probation, so he’s likely going to be picked back up … and sent back to a federal facility,” White said Wednesday.

Martinez’s latest legal trouble began Friday, July 18, when sheriff’s deputies responded to a call at an Edgewood, New Mexico, residence. They found a gray plastic bag “containing some bones and meat (that) appeared to be a carcass of an animal,” the complaint said.

Authorities said Martinez admitted he had killed the dog, saying there was no food around and his girlfriend “told him to go ahead” and do it.

After killing the animal, skinning it and burying parts of it in the yard, “he said that he … found (a) recipe for dogs online” and found states where eating dogs is allowed, the complaint says.

New Mexico is one such place; in fact, there are no laws against eating cats or dogs in most states. In some cultures, it’s more widely accepted.

“But it’s the manner that it was done, and the emotional stress it put on the rest of the family, that led us to arrest him and charge him with animal cruelty,” White said.

Martinez could not be reached for comment and it was unclear late Wednesday if he had an attorney.

The girlfriend told the deputies that Martinez admitted killing the dog around noon of that day, explaining “it was all right to do this in New Mexico to feed your family.” She disputed the assertion that they didn’t have food in the house.

Malone told KOAT that Martinez had previously told her, “just out of the blue, ‘I’m going to barbeque one of your dogs.'”

But she didn’t believe it — then or now.

“Nobody knows what to think,” Malone said.


  • vilehumanrace

    Why is he not still sitting in jail? He’s on probation already and they let him out? This guy is sick and nasty. Why on earth is it not illegal to eat cats and dogs? I actually gagged when I read this. Someone skin him.

    • Tracey

      So it ok to eat goats, cows, chickens, pigs, frogs but it is sick and nasty to eat cats and dogs? Is that what you are saying. In some countries cows are sacred, there purpose is milk like goats not food. You meat eaters are sick!

      • tami potirala

        Yes it is gross to eat cats and dogs. They are pets not a food source. Some people are just twisted. It should never be ok to eat a cat or a dog.

  • Thomas Noell

    Well, if it is culturally acceptable in some countries, then is he here in this country legally? And with the current invasion and politically-motivated humanitarian crisis at our southern border (not to mention for the sake of this poor dog), yes it does make a difference!

    • Tracey

      You said, “Well, if it is culturally acceptable in some countries, then is he here in this country legally?”, It is legal and acceptable in the United States!! Did you enjoy your steak last night? That was some ones cow, a living breathing domesticated animal. Whether he is legally in the country or not, has nothing to do with his eating dogmeat. Filet Minon anyone!

      • Paula Wright

        While someone may love their cows, goats and pigs, generally they are raised knowing that at some point they will be slaughtered. In this country, we are not accustomed to cows living in our house the way cats and dogs are. That’s the difference…cats and dogs -beloved family…..cows -food chain. If you really love a cow, then don’t sell it

    • Pam

      With all these illegals coming into the US, thanks to Obama people better keep their pets up or they will end up the same way.

  • anom

    both should be skinned….that is just so sad…that someone thought a pet was okay to kill and then eat…..want be going to New Mexico….I hope they one day suffer a miserable death..
    May Onyx run free now at rainbow bridge:-(

  • dobydog1

    maybe they can bar-b-que this piece of scum in a nice firey pit. by the way do any states have specific laws saying you cannot do that?

  • lynn

    If someone did that to one of my beloved dogs, sorry but there would not be any authority that would stop me from doing the same to that person, I’m a patient person, he wouldn’t know when or where!!!

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