SALT LAKE CITY — A man accused of killing or abusing three dogs and a cat in his house has been charged with felony animal abuse.
Leonardo Tafolla, 25, of Salt Lake City, was charged Monday in 3rd District Court with two counts of torture of a companion animal, a third-degree felony, and two counts of cruelty to an animal, a class B misdemeanor.
On Sept. 13, Tafolla thew Chika, a poodle-mix, to the ground for pooping in his room, and said she "deserved it" and that "he did not feel bad about what he did to the dog," according to charging documents.
A veterinarian determined the dog had a broken leg, head trauma, "and several stillborn puppies still in utero," the charges state.
The following day, a vet determined that another dog owned by Tafolla's mother, a chihuahua mix, also had head trauma and a concussion, court records state.Comment on this story
Several days later, the mother reported Tafolla's kitten had blood on her mouth and her jaw was hanging "way down," the charges state. A veterinarian determined the kitten had a fractured jaw and needed surgery to wire her jaw together. X-rays found the kitten also had fractured cheekbones, another jaw fracture and skull fractures, some of which were in various healing stages, court records state.
About a month later, Tafolla's mother reported that she found their pit bull with his "front paws tight duct taped together," the charges state.
Bail for Tafolla was set at $100,000.