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Men face charges for castrating dog

Two Rogue Valley men are facing animal abuse charges for allegedly working together to castrate a dog.

Miguel Angel Rizo Flores, 36, of the 13500 block of Agate Road in Eagle Point, has been charged with three counts of first-degree animal abuse and one count of second-degree animal abuse. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges April 10, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.

Rizo Flores allegedly castrated a border collie while his teenage son and the dog’s owner, Pedro Castellanos Sabino, held the dog down.

Castellanos Sabino, 38, of the 7700 block of Wilson Way in White City, pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of first-degree animal abuse and one charge of second-degree animal abuse.

The teen was cited and referred to juvenile court.

On Jan. 30, Castellanos Sabino allegedly asked Rizo Flores to come to his home and castrate the dog because Rizo Flores had experience in castrating bulls, according to a probable cause affidavit written by the responding officer, Tracy Lenhardt.

Lenhardt is a K-9 handler for the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Rizo Flores came to the home with his 14-year-old son, the affidavit said.

While the two men and the teen held the dog down, Rizo Flores used a razor knife to castrate the border collie, the affidavit alleged.

They put some type of spray on the dog’s wound and it ran off, the affidavit said.

Later, a neighbor went outside to feed her own dog and saw the border collie in her driveway. She said the border collie normally never approaches her, but this time it did, so she gave it deer meat intended for the other dog. The border collie began licking her hands and face, which it has also never done before, the affidavit said.

The neighbor then noticed the border collie was losing a considerable amount of blood from its rear end, the affidavit said.

She began going door-to-door to find the dog’s owner until she reached Castellanos Sabino’s home. The two men and the teen came outside, the affidavit said.

The affidavit said when she told them the dog was bleeding heavily, the teen allegedly said, “We know. We just castrated the dog.”

The teen told her a vet was coming, the affidavit said.

The woman and her boyfriend put the border collie in a shed and called police. The dog was allegedly losing a lot of blood and was very lethargic, the affidavit said.

When Lenhardt arrived, he had another officer transport the border collie to an emergency veterinary clinic, the affidavit said.

Lenhardt and a deputy who speaks Spanish interviewed the two men and the teen.

Castellanos Sabino allegedly told the officers he had his dog castrated because it kept running off from the house and he thought castration would stop the behavior, the affidavit said.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Vickie Aldous at 541-776-4486 or valdous@rosebudmedia.com. Follow her at www.twitter.com/VickieAldous.