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Man charged after dog found dead in stolen car

Man charged after dog found dead in stolen car
Posted at 12:25 PM, Apr 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-24 14:25:58-04

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Multnomah County grand jury has indicted a 34-year-old man on animal abuse and theft charges after a dog was found dead in a stolen car earlier this month.

Portland Police says 34-year-old Francisco Gonzalez is to be arraigned Monday in Multnomah County Court. He was arrested April 14 and indicted Thursday.

Police investigated April 7 after a man reported that his car had been stolen with his dog Kona inside. The abandoned car was found five days later with the dead dog inside.

Police say a preliminary exam by an Oregon State University lab did not find physical trauma on the dog. A full report is pending.

Francisco Gonzalez was indicted on multiple charges, including animal abuse, animal neglect, and theft. His wife is also charged with hindering prosecution.

Records show he remains in Multnomah County Jail. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.