Matthew J. Montes, 25, was arraigned Tuesday in Las Cruces Judge Macias' courtroom on an Extreme Animal Cruelty charge.
Montes was accused of choking and scalding a kitten in October and has pleaded not guilty. The $50,000 secured bond remains in place and Montes was remanded to the custody of the Dona Ana County Detention Center.
Over thirty animal activists from Action Programs for Animals and Dona Ana Pets Alive showed up in the courtroom today to silently protest cruelty to animals. "Our Office will continue to fight tirelessly and be a voice for those that can't speak for themselves. Animals are certainly no exception" says Mark D'Antonio, Third Judicial District Attorney.
Any future proceedings in Montes' Animal Cruelty case are set to be heard in front of the Honorable Judge Kugler.