EDGEWOOD, N.M. (KRQE) – Mandy Malone has a full back yard at her Edgewood home.
Nine dogs, five cats and a handful of chickens run rampant. But one of Malone’s ‘girls’ is missing.
“How could someone do something like that to an innocent animal?” Malone said. “She never hurt anybody.”
‘She’ was Onyx, a 9-month-old chi-weenie who had a black coat with white fur on her chest.
About a week and a half ago, Malone says her ex-boyfriend Salvador Martinez came home drunk. When some of the dogs started barking, Malone says Martinez got irate.
“He said he was going to kill one and barbecue it,” Malone said. “I didn’t believe him because he’d been saying it for a while and I knew he loved animals.”
So Malone went to bed. She says she heard a yelp from the yard, but didn’t think anything was wrong.
But the next morning, Malone says she found something odd in the refrigerator. A bowl of meat.
“I knew we had no meat in the house and there was meat marinating in the fridge,” Malone said. “I asked him where it came from and he said it was my dog Onyx.”
According to a criminal complaint, Martinez told Torrance County deputies he had stabbed Onyx with a screwdriver the night before, skinned it and then looked up dog recipes online. Martinez claimed he did it because the home had no food, but Malone says that simply wasn’t true.
Malone says she was distraught and asked him why he did it.
“He asked me if I didn’t want the meat in the house if my daughter would take him to butcher three of the other dogs and take [Onyx's] carcass and barbecue it at his mom’s,” Malone said.
It’s painful for Malone to even think about Onyx’s last moments.
“I can’t imagine what was going through her mind when her daddy, who she trusted, was doing this,” Malone said.
Sheriff Heath White told KRQE on Friday that Malone’s grandchildren were at the home when Martinez killed the dogs, something Malone denies.
Martinez is not only dealing with extreme animal cruelty charges but a federal probation violation as well. Martinez was caught trafficking nearly 13 kilograms of cocaine into the country in late 2003 and was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Malone says she met him in a halfway home following her own federal prison term.
Malone says she never thought Martinez was capable of killing any of their animals.
“I don’t know what he was thinking,” Malone said. “I can’t wrap my mind around it.”