Location: 24400 Block of Avenue 106

Incident Date: 12/8/18

Incident Time: Between 11:30am and 1:30pm

Case Number: 18-15756

City: Terra Bella

Posted by: Dispatch/ Media Relations

Terra Bella Man Shoots & Kills Neighbor's Dog for Urinating on His Lawn

On 12-10-18 at 12 p.m., TCSO Deputies were contacted at the counter lobby of the Porterville Substation to file a report in regards to animal cruelty. The victim said that on Saturday, 12-08-18 at 11:30 a.m., she left her house. When she got home she noticed her dog missing from her front yard. The victim identified the suspect as her neighbor, Modesto Ramos (23 years).

During their investigation, Deputies contacted Ramos and he told them he became angry at the victim’s dog for urinating on his yard and vehicle. Ramos then shot and killed the dog with a rifle and buried it. Evidence was collected to correlate the crime. Deputies also found two California banned adult rifles- AR15 and AK47- inside Ramos’ home.

Ramos was booked for animal cruelty causing death, possession of banned assault weapons and negligent discharge of firearm.

This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Departments at (559) 782-9650 or (800) 808-0488. Or you can send information anonymously through the Sheriff’s TipNow program: Text or voicemail: 559-725-4194 or E-mail: tcso@tipnow.com