- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A 34-year-old man accused of stealing a vehicle and causing the death of the owner’s dog has pleaded guilty to animal abuse and other charges.

KGW-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2dX3JOn ) that police say 34-year-old Francisco Vincent Gonzalez stole a car belonging to Bill Robbins on April 5 while the victim’s dog was inside. The car was found five days later with the Great Dane and black lab mix dead inside.

Gonzalez was arrested at a Portland motel and indicted by a grand jury on several charges, including animal neglect, theft and possession of methamphetamine.

He pleaded guilty to all the charges Monday.

A forensic examination showed the dog, named Kona, did not experience any trauma before she died.

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Information from: KGW-TV, http://www.kgw.com/

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