MAGNA, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – A warrant of arrest has been issued for a Magna man accused of beating his dog.
The warrant for the arrest of Robert Guzman was issued on Friday after the 27-year-old was charged in Third Judicial District Court with torture of a companion animal, a third-degree felony.
The charging documents state that on May 19th, Guzman “intentionally or knowingly” tortured his pit bull named Blue. At the time of the incident, ABC4 Utah spoke to one of Guzman’s neighbors who recorded the alleged abuse with her cell phone.
“Several people stopped and asked him to stop and he just kept doing it,” Tina Tilt told Good4Utah’s Brittany Johnson during an interview back in May. “They were begging him to stop.”
“He wouldn’t stop at all, he just kept beating it and beating it,” Tilt added.
She stated this isn’t the first time she’s seen Guzman beat one of his dogs.
“He’s taking his feet and he’s kicking it in the spine and punching it in the face and that’s not disciplining it that’s beating an animal. We’ve seen him yank it and throw it out the front door. It’s horrible what he does to it,” said Tilt.
According to the charging documents, another neighbor said she saw Guzman “stomp on the dog several times.”
Guzman voluntarily gave Blue over to Salt Lake County Services who then took it to a veterinarian to be checked for internal injuries. X-rays found that Blue had eight broken ribs, a broken femur, and a broken vertebra with bone chip that were in the process of healing.
Just nine days before this incident, Guzman was convicted and sentenced in a separate assault case.