Woman accused of dragging, killing dog

Herlinda Trigo, 44, charged with animal cruelty

Author: Katrina Webber, Reporter, kwebber@ksat.com
Published On: Jun 28 2012 05:11:26 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 28 2012 02:06:50 PM CDT
Herlinda Trigo

San Antonio police have made an arrest in what has been labeled as a case of animal torture.

Herlinda Trigo, 44, was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon near the corner of General McMullen Drive and Ceralvo Street. The official charge against her is cruelty to non livestock-torture.

Records show she was released from jail the same day after posting a $2,000 bond.

A police report stated that a man called 911, telling police dispatchers he was following a pickup with a dog tied to its bumper, heading south on SW 34th St. 

The man later told officers he had flagged down Trigo, who was driving the truck, and told her what was going on, but she cussed at him and sped off, the police report stated.

The witness told police he heard the dog’s neck snap and saw it die, then watched as Trigo showed it to a friend who began laughing, the police report stated.

Officers said they caught up with Trigo some time later and questioned her and a passenger about the dog. They said she eventually admitted she had dumped the animal along Fortuna Road near 36th Street.

The report stated that police found the dead dog in a grassy lot, with a red rope tied around its neck and drag marks on its body.

In that report, officers said Trigo told them she tied the dog to the truck because it had just given birth to a litter of puppies, and that she “made a mistake” by driving off.