Central Texas man charged after neighbor’s dog run over

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BRUCEVILLE, Texas (KWTX) A man accused of deliberately driving his van over a neighbor’s dog was in custody Wednesday charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals.

McLennan County Sheriff's deputies arrested Gregorio Salas Tuesday night at his home in Bruceville, following a three-week investigation. (Jail photo)

McLennan County Sheriff's deputies arrested Gregorio Salas Tuesday night at his home in Bruceville, following a three-week investigation.

Salas, 35, is charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals, a third-degree felony.

His bond was set Wednesday at $5,000.

Salas remains in custody in the McLennan County Jail on an INS hold.

On April 14, deputies were dispatched to the 500 block of Dalrex Road in Bruceville where a dog had been hit by a van.

According to an arrest affidavit, Salas deliberately drove over the black dog, leaving it with serious injuries.

The owner told deputies his dog was lying at the end of his driveway, not in the road, and that he saw his neighbor, Gregorio Salas, driving his van at a high rate of speed down Dalrex, the affidavit says.

"(The owner) said that he witnessed Gregorio intentionally swerve toward the dog and run over it causing the dog to lose its tail and injure its hip," the affidavit says.

The owner and his girlfriend took the dog to a veterinarian to be treated for its injuries, which the pet survived.

Investigating deputies obtained copies of veterinary records, which led to the issuance of an arrest warrant for Salas.