SAN ANTONIO -

The common-law husband of a woman facing animal cruelty charges testified that he believes he was at fault for the death of the couple’s dog Gorda.

“I said, ‘Oh my God, it’s my fault,’” Hector Huerta testified Monday during the trial of his common law-wife, Herlinda Trigo.

Huerta said he had tied their dog to a tree adjacent the driveway at the couple’s West Side home on June 27, 2012.

“I tied the dog to that tree and I don’t know how it got tangled to the truck,” Huerta said. “But eventually it did.”

Trigo’s lawyer Denora Diaz suggested during opening remarks that the dog’s cablewire leash had become tangled around the bumper of Trigo’s truck and that she drove off not knowing that she was dragging the dog behind her.

But last week state’s witnesses testified that they tried to alert her that she was dragging the dog and she ignored them.

One witness, Frank Lopez, testified that when he confronted Trigo at a stoplight, she cussed and spat at him.

If she if found guilty, Trigo faces a punishment range of from two to 20 years in prison.

Trigo failed to show up in court at the outset of the trial and has not been present for testimony since then.

She is now facing a fine and possible contempt of court charges as well as the animal cruelty charge.

Testimony is expected to continue on Tuesday in Judge Angus McGinty’s 144th District Court.

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