There is potential good news for the family of Caddy, a dog who was stolen and slaughtered back in December of 2007!
The men responsible for Caddy’s death are in custody and facing charges of second degree theft, which categorizes Caddy as the Property of the Manuma family. He was taken without his owners’ consent. The other charge faced by Saturnino Palting, 59, and Nelson Domingo, 43, is cruelty to animals, a Class C Felony. The charge states they knowingly tortured or mutilated an animal, resulting in his/her death. This charge carries a penalty of a possible five year sentence and a $10,000 fine, should they be convicted. The two men are expected to make their pleas within the next few days. To get a conviction will require expert testimony proving that Palting and Domingo tortured Caddy before killing him.
Meanwhile, Frank Manuma is still dealing with the loss of his beloved dog. Says Manuma, “I still get flashbacks. It’s not so much how or what happened to Caddy. It was the way it happened to him that is mind boggling and mind disturbing…Sleepless nights. I get up three times a night every night. This has gone on for a month. So it’s been hard, mentally straining and it’s created a lot of depression in this house.” He will likely need to testify in the upcoming trial against the men who took and killed Caddy.
Hopefully, the outcome of this case will be positive for the Manumas, Caddy, and animals everywhere.