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Man Fatally Beat Family Member’s Puppy, Claims He Was ‘Angry’

Published: April 20, 2022 at 05:55 PM Author: Penny Eims

Bexar County, Texas – A Texas man is facing a felony animal cruelty charge for the fatal beating of a family member’s puppy. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office identifies Michael Ruperto Uriegas as the man who killed a puppy named Ruger.

According to the authorities, Uriegas was “angry that the small dog had urinated on him and he threw the puppy into the kennel.”

But Ruger did not die because of a simple throw into the kennel – a necropsy on his little body revealed the brutal truth. He has been viciously beaten. The authorities describe the extensive trauma to the puppy’s body, writing “it was found that the dog had multiple injuries all over his body. The cause of death determined by the necropsy reported that there was blunt force trauma to 5 different areas of Ruger’s body.”

BCSO deputies issued a warrant for Michael Uriegas’ arrest on April 11, 2022, and Uriegas was subsequently arrested shortly after for Cruelty to Non-livestock Torture/Kill, a 3rd-degree felony.

What type of man can brutally beat a small puppy? What else is this man capable of? People who are aware of this deadly incident are heartbroken and outraged, and they want justice.

We need your support to put Michael Ruperto Uriegas away for the maximum amount of time. What he did should not receive a slap on the wrist plea deal; we want to ensure that the court knows that we care about this case! Please add your name to the petition today.

We the undersigned demand that Michael Ruperto Uriegas is held responsible for this brutal and deadly attack on an innocent puppy. We are petitioning for Uriegas to receive the maximum punishment allowable by law and to be prohibited from owning or residing with animals in the future.

Note: Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law. Animal Victory relies upon the authorities and the court system to determine guilt or innocence.


Bexar County Sheriff’s Office news release via Facebook

News 4 San Antonio


Update 8/17/2022: The trial begins on September 1, 2022

Update 5/20/2022: Animal Victory has learned that the case is in the process of being assigned to one of four attorneys in the ‘Criminal Trial Division’ in the 3999 court district. We have been informed that the case has not been assigned a date, and because the defendant is out on bond, it will most likely be a while before a date is set or a prosecutor is assigned.

Update 5/9/2022: As of today, the prosecutor has not assigned this case to anyone. The pre-hearing is scheduled to take place on 5/10/2022. Animal Victory has sent 16,947 signatures to the prosecuting attorney.

Man Fatally Beat Family Member's Puppy, Claims He Was 'Angry'

17,402 signatures = 87% of goal


17,402 Jeannette Barnes May 12, 2023
17,401 Shelley Smith May 06, 2023
17,400 Julie Videra May 05, 2023
17,399 Krista Sanders May 01, 2023
17,398 Kathy Hamilton May 01, 2023
17,397 Markie Wallace Apr 10, 2023
17,396 Cheryl Dozois Apr 04, 2023
17,395 Duangphorn Van strien Apr 02, 2023
17,394 Adrienne Venditti Mar 30, 2023
17,393 M W Mar 12, 2023
17,392 Lorena Irribarra People this disgusting deserve punishment. Such a vile human being. Mar 12, 2023
17,391 Grace VanEss Mar 09, 2023
17,390 Amalia Kadam Mar 09, 2023
17,389 Mary Avakian Mar 08, 2023
17,388 Alana Ambrose Mar 08, 2023
17,387 Nancy Donnelly Mar 03, 2023
17,386 Mary Gibson Mar 03, 2023
17,385 Tracy Menear Sick excuse for a man Mar 02, 2023
17,384 Chris Leverich Mar 01, 2023
17,383 Stacy Temeyer Mar 01, 2023
17,382 angel blanchard punish to the maximum Mar 01, 2023
17,381 Laura ferraro Feb 20, 2023
17,380 Richard Dean Feb 15, 2023
17,379 LIsa Moya Feb 10, 2023
17,378 Wendy Hatch Feb 09, 2023
17,377 Holly Jones Feb 09, 2023
17,376 Wendy Forster Feb 06, 2023
17,375 Leah Kozak Feb 05, 2023
17,374 Rebeca Rodriguez Feb 03, 2023
17,373 Melanie Correll Feb 02, 2023