General Crime

* Kevin Fitfield allegedly dragged a dog that appeared half dead along the area of Monterey road and Second Street in Morgan Hill

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A 59-year-old Morgan Hill man was arrested Tuesday afternoon on animal cruelty charges after officers witnessed him dragging his terminally ill dog by the collar across concrete, police said. At about 3:40 p.m., officers responded to reports of a man dragging a dog that appeared half-dead in the area of Monterey Road and Second Street. They found Kevin Fitfield, who was allegedly pulling the dog as it lay on its side. Although officers ordered him to stop, Fitfield allegedly picked up the dog and walked away, ignoring officer’s repeated commands, police said. Officers were eventually able to handcuff Fitfield, but only after a brief struggle, which police said was sparked by Fitfield’s alleged threats to kill one of the officers. Fitfield was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on charges of cruelty to animals, resisting arrest and threatening an officer. Animal Control Officer Daniel Pina transported the bleeding dog, an 11-year-old pooch named Snowflake, to a local veterinary office, where it was determined that the hound had a high fever and cancer. The dog’s paws were bleeding because its nails had been ground down from the pavement. Snowflake remains in serious condition, police said.

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