Animal Cruelty Arrest

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Fontana Police Department
Chief Robert Ramsey
Service with Integrity

Press Release

Animal Cruelty Arrest

Susp & Cat

Animal Cruelty Arrest

On 02/06/18, at approximately 2:45 am, Fontana PD officers responded to an apartment complex in the 9200 block of Olive, regarding Lucio Lopez (34) assaulting a 3-4 month old kitten. Lopez fled the scene before the initial officer arrived.  Officers canvased the area and located Lopez driving in the area of Oleander and San Bernardino.  An investigation revealed Lopez was upset with the kitten for entering the apartment. Witnesses reported Lopez placed the kitten in the freezer.  Lopez later took the kitten out of the freezer and began squeezing its body as the frightened kitten cried out in pain. Lopez threw the kitten off the second story balcony.  The kitten struck the concrete floor resulting in major injuries to its chest and a fractured leg.  Lopez was arrested by officers and booked at the West Valley Detention Center for animal cruelty and an outstanding warrant. Fontana Animal Services responded to the scene and transported the kitten to the veterinarian for emergency treatment. The kitten is doing as well as could be, but will need surgery and much needed love.

Suspect: Lucio Cota Lopez, 34, Fontana resident

Kitten: 3-4 year old, female, Tortie, nicknamed “Olive” by emergency room staff  

Media Inquiries

Please contact Officer Richard Guerrero, Press Information Officer

(909) 356-7157

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