CORNING, Calif. - A Corning teenager is facing animal cruelty charges after deputies say he choked his family's dog and tried to barbecue it.
Tehama County deputies responded to a disturbance call around 9:15 Sunday morning in the 11,000 block of Gaylord Avenue in Corning.
According to a news release from the Tehama County Sheriff's Office, the family of the suspect, 18-year-old Jonathan Ramirez, said he choked the family's Chihuahua, then placed the dog inside the unlit gas grill. He then tried to ignite it by turning the knobs.
When Ramirez was interviewed by deputies, he told them he had methamphetamine in his pocket.
Ramirez was arrested on drug and animal cruelty charges. The dog was not hurt.