NM woman claims ex stabbed dog, marinated it in Italian dressing

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POSTED: Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:12pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:14pm

A New Mexico man is accused of stabbing a puppy to death and marinating its remains in the freezer.

The man's ex-girlfriend said he's talked about barbecuing one of her dogs before, but she always thought it was a joke.

Mandy Malone told reporters she's absolutely disgusted by what her ex-boyfriend is accused of doing.

"He'd said it before, but jokingly, just out of the blue, 'I'm going to barbecue one of your dogs,'" said Malone.

This time it was no joke. Police said Salvador Martinez stabbed one of Malone's dogs in the heart. Investigators stated he skinned the puppy and cut up its meat.

Malone found the remains of her beloved onyx at her Edgewood home in the freezer.

"He had her marinating in Italian dressing in the fridge," Malone said.

It's legal in New Mexico to eat dog, but police say the way Martinez killed onyx -- by stabbing her repeatedly with a screwdriver -- is a crime.

"What could possibly go through someone's mind to be able to do something that sick?" Malone asked.

Martinez is facing the charge extreme cruelty to animals. Malone stated if Martinez ever gets out, she's not letting him near her other dogs and puppies. 

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