A suspect was arrested late afternoon on Aug. 25 in connection with an animal cruelty case that has been called one of the worst in the city of San Antonio, Texas.
Ignacio Sanchez Alvarez, 45, was arrested and charged with felony cruelty to a non-livestock animal on Tuesday night with another charge of failing to render adequate care being debate by the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD), the San Antonio Current reported.
Alvarez is accused of pouring hydrochloric acid over 100 percent of the dog’s face and head. The dog, a 5-year-old pit bull named Rosie, lost one ear and may be permanently blind due to the horrific attack. However, thanks to donations from the community, she will receive restorative eye surgery later this week.
Audra Houghton, an animal cruelty specialist with the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services, explained the phone call she received.
“Her call started like many others we get through a phone call from a citizen, an anonymous complaint with some information that a dog needed assistance,” she told USA Today.
Houghton added that Rosie was likely abused during the end of July and went weeks without treatment of any kind.
ACS posted a statement to their Facebook page to update the community on Rosie’s condition.
“ACS staff have worked tirelessly and diligently over the last week and a half investigating in support of this case," the statement reads. "We remain grateful for the outpouring of love and good thoughts for Rosie and we send a thank you to the San Antonio Police Department for their continued assistance with this case.
“As the case progresses through the judicial system, we’ll provide updates, as available. Rosie is in protective foster care, continues to heal, and should be receiving her restorative eye surgery this week – thanks to the gracious support received by the community.”
After the agency posted a plea on Facebook on Aug. 19 for donations to pay for Rosie’s surgery, an overwhelming amount of donations came in to support her. Within 48 hours of the original post, the shelter received more than needed to cover Rosie’s surgery costs.
Photo Credit: City of San Antonio Animal Care Services/Facebook