A Castle Hills man is facing animal cruelty charges in connection with the drowning death of a friend’s family dog.
Raoul Enriquez, 65, was arrested Monday on charges related to the June 8 incident, which happened at his home in the 100 block of Moss Drive.
An arrest affidavit stated that Enriquez had invited a female friend and her children to his home to swim in his pool and allowed them to bring along their dog, a 7-month- old Neopolitan Mastiff named Angus Bruno.
The woman and her children later went out for about 45 minutes to run errands, and left the dog in Enriquez’s care, the affidavit stated. She said when they returned, the dog was dead.
Castle Hills police interviewed Enriquez who told them he had to drown the dog after it became agitated and acted aggressively toward the children, the affidavit stated.
Although he told officers he drowned the animal while it was in the water, only the dog’s head was wet, police said. They also said the children were not there at the time of the drowning.
The affidavit stated that officers also noticed that Enriquez had a bite mark on his left forearm and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. He was booked into jail with bond set at $15,000.