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Anthony man pleads guilty to shooting his neighbor’s dog

Gustavo Filerio pleaded guilty to shooting his neighbor's dog.

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An Anthony man will spend the night behind bars after he pleaded guilty to extreme cruelty to animals after he shot his neighbor’s dog in June, officials said.

According to the Doña Ana County District Attorney’s Office, Gustavo Filerio, 30, shot his neighbor’s dog several times with a .22-caliber rifle.

The dog, a 2-year-old blue healer named Bebebeto, was tied up behind the neighbor’s house on June 1.

Filerio fired at least 18 rounds into the yard at approximately 3:30 p.m., the District Attorney’s Office said.

The bullets reportedly hit the dog at least three times, including the face, ear and leg.

The case was scheduled to appear before a Las Cruces jury Monday, however, Filerio pleaded guilty to extreme cruelty to animals, a fourth-degree felony, after he admitted he used the firearm to shoot the dog.

District Judge Douglas R. Driggers ordered Filerio into custody immediately to undergo a diagnostic evaluation prior to sentencing.

“My office takes cruelty to animal cases very seriously, and I’d like to make that very clear,” Doña Ana District Attorney Mark D’Antonio said. “Cruelty to animals will not be tolerated in Doña Ana County.”

Filerio faces a mandatory year in prison for allegedly using the firearm to harm the dog and an additional 18 months for the animal cruelty charge.

Assistant District Attorneys Timothy Nuccio and Bradley Bartlett prosecuted the case on behalf of the state. According to the District Attorney’s Office, they will request Filerio serve the full 30 months in the New Mexico Department of Corrections.

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