Teen ‘cuts dog’s throat and leaves it gasping for air before uploading video’

A teenager allegedly filmed himself slashing a dog’s throat and uploaded the footage to social media.

In the disturbing video, a chihuahua puppy was seen with a large wound to its neck “gasping for air”.

A man stood over it muttering about what he’d just done, according to Riverside Police, based in California, the US.

Based on the social media profile of the uploader, police rushed to the property of Angel Ramos, 19, in the east of the city on Saturday, February 13.

They found him with illegal metal knuckles, bloodstains on his clothes, and cuts on his hands.

Police also discovered the four-six-month-old chihuahua suffering from a severe neck injury.

It was taken to an emergency pet clinic where it was euthanised.

Ramos was arrested on suspicion of cruelty to an animal and illegal possession of metal knuckles.

He was released from custody a few hours later due to an emergency bail schedule.

Animal Services Director Julie Bank said: “This appeared to be a very savage act committed toward this poor animal.

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“It is very unfortunate the dog could not be saved. Nonetheless, we appreciate Riverside Police taking the lead in this suspected cruelty case.”

Earlier this month, a serving member of the SAS called for better treatment of combat dogs after figures showed almost 1,200 have been put down by themilitary .

The special forces soldier told theDaily Star Sundaythat more should be done to prevent the dogs of war being destroyed once they have ­outlived their military usefulness.

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The animals have been used to hunt down ­terrorists and retrieve injured troops from the battlefield.

Usually selected from malinois – a breed of Belgian shepherd – they accompany troops on most missions, and have been responsible for saving the lives of British servicemen.

A series of Freedom of Information requests we made revealed that, since 2002, up to 1,200 dogs have been put down by military vets.

An Army spokesman said: “A Military Working Dog is only euthanised if it poses a risk to public safety or has a medical condition causing unnecessary suffering and only after a full assessment by military veterinarians and dog behaviourists.

“These dogs provide an invaluable service to our troops and every effort is made to rehome them at the end of their service life.”

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