Ignatius Llewellyn "Ignacio" Chavarria, 31, was arrested by Sacramento police at the midtown fourplex where investigators say he forced a small dog to stand under a scalding shower because it pooped in its crate. Chavarria was charged with felony animal torture and malicious maiming on Nov. 7, 2015.
Tucker was taken to an animal hospital where two veterinarians noted dead tissue across the shoulder region and third degree burns on 80 percent of the dog's body. Tucker was also suffering kidney failure, they said, and they euthanized him the following day.
Sacramento's Front Street Animal Shelter director Gina Knepp said the criminal investigation began after they were notified of Tucker's death by the girlfriend's mother. "I can't imagine the pain and suffering, the noise this animal must have been making during this event," Knepp said. "The whimpering, the crying, the howling. How anybody could stand by and listen to that or do that to begin with -- I can't comprehend that."
During a search of the home in December, investigators noted the water temperature at the shower head was 143 degrees after running for two minutes, which they said could produce a scalding burn on a human in five seconds.
We are asking the Sacramento District Attorney to consider the recommended charges and prosecute Ignatius Llewellyn "Ignacio" Chavarria to the fullest extent.
Animal abuse is a serious matter so we need the Sacramento County District Attorney to know people who are cruel to animals deserve appropriate sentences for their crimes.