Man Accused of Killing, Torturing Mother's Chihuahua Mix
18-Year-Old Man Accused of Hanging Mother's Dog from Bridge
Grand Junction - Grand Junction Police have charged an 18-year-old man with several counts of animal cruelty after they say he beat, mutilated, and hung his mother's dog from the Eagle Rim Footbridge. According to an arrest affidavit obtained by NewsChannel 5, on August 15th, Grand Junction Police found a small dog covered in blood and hanging from the Eagle Rim Foot Bridge. Police report finding blood near the footbridge, and the dog's eyeball was also missing.
Police officers reported remembering contacting two men who, they say, had blood on them the night before. Those men reported cutting themselves on a bottle.
September 20th after tips, police contacted one of the men told investigators Nelson had become angry and went to his mother's home at 311 Cedar Street.
He reportedly picked up his mother's 3-year-old chihuahua, miniature pinscher, jack russel terrier mix, and began swinging him into a shed.
During the attack, Nelson's friend said he also kicked the dog, slammed a bicycle on top of it, and then dragged the lifeless body away by a leash.
Nelson's mother reportedly told police her son is "heavily involved" in methamphetamine.
Joseph Nelson faces several charges, including cruelty to animals, and possession of alcohol by a minor.