- Associated Press - Saturday, January 2, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say a firefighter with the Santa Clara Fire Department has been placed on paid administrative leave following his arrest for allegedly killing his pet German shepherd at his home.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (https://bayareane.ws/1RgKPNM) 32-year-old Nicholas Joseph Luiz was arrested by police in Napa, where he lives, on suspicion of felony animal cruelty. He is not in jail.

Santa Clara Fire Chief Bill Kelly says Luiz has been taken off the job and that an internal investigation is ongoing.

Officers were called to Luiz’s home in Napa after receiving multiple complaints that he had been abusing his puppy. While serving a search warrant Wednesday, police found the dead dog inside the home and Luiz admitted to killing the animal.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Luiz had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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