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Border Patrol agent arrested in connection with animal cruelty case

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RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE) –  A U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of taking pictures and killing a canine faces felony costs in southeastern New Mexico. Neil Clifford Schwartz was arrested on Friday in connection with an animal cruelty case.

An affidavit says Schwartz and a neighbor had been having points this previous summer time. On Oct. 18, Thiago, the neighbor’s brown Lab, went lacking from the household’s property.

An arrest warrant states the household went looking for Thiago and had purchased a GPS collar to maintain observe of their canine. They say they have been in a position to observe down the collar to Schwartz’s home however once they confronted Schwartz’s spouse, she requested them to go away.

The household instructed police they have been in a position to observe the collar to a number of totally different locations round Ruidoso. The collar was finally discovered in the ditch by the freeway simply exterior the Casino Apache Travel Center, however there was no Thiago. The household then referred to as the police after they discovered the canine on Warwick Street. Police then investigated and located the canine died from a gunshot wound to the again of the pinnacle.

Police received safety video of the journey middle, canine hair from Schwartz’s truck and a dashcam from his private automobile. Police charged Schwartz after they matched spent shell casing from his home with the identical bullet measurement that killed Thiago. Schwartz faces three costs with two felonies together with excessive cruelty to animals and tampering with proof.

KRQE News 13 reached out to Border Patrol to get their response to Schwartz’s arrest however they despatched an announcement saying they’re cooperating with police and have began their very own investigation into Schwartz’s actions. The assertion wouldn’t say whether or not Schwartz continues to be on the job.