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Man allegedly starves dog to get ex-girlfriend back

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Photo Moreno allegedly texted to his ex-girlfriend Photo Moreno allegedly texted to his ex-girlfriend
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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -- A man was arrested after he allegedly starved his dog to death in an attempt to win his ex-girlfriend back.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office says Luis Moreno and his girlfriend adopted Wiggles, a blonde brindle pit bull terrier, in 2008.

When the couple separated in 2012, Wiggles stayed with Moreno.

Shortly after the breakup, deputies say Moreno began calling and texting his ex-girlfriend to try to win her back. When his advances didn't work, he allegedly used Wiggles as bait.

According to MCSO, he told her the dog was dead, but then said the dog was fine when she finally called him back.

He later reportedly told his ex-girlfriend that Wiggles was sick, but that he didn't have the money to pay for treatment.

MCSO says the woman offered to help, but Moreno said the dog was fine after she denied his request for a dinner date.

According to deputies, Moreno's last effort to to get her back was to send her a picture of a starved Wiggles.

After accepting the relationship was over, Moreno reportedly gave Wiggles to Animal Care and Control as a stray in February.

Wiggles was severely emaciated and had to be euthanized shortly afterward, according to MCSO.

Susie Christiansen, a kennel tech at MCCAC, takes care of strays brought in, but never thought she would be at the center of a terrible animal abuse case.

"Skin and bones.. that's all she had on her."

Two days after she was brought in, Christiansen started fostering Wiggles.

"I figured since she made it this long, that we should give her a chance," she said.

"I believe the owner surrendered her as a stray, so we didn't have a lot of detail.  The ex-girlfriend found out the dog might be here and contacted us.  She gave us some more details," said MCCAC spokesperson, Melissa Gable.  "If we see something suspicious, we are going to take it seriously and MCSO has proved they have the ability to track down someone who is going to do this type of thing."

"You want to see them pull through.. at least we gave her the love and care that she needed," said Christiansen.

On April 11, a private veterinarian humanely euthanized Wiggles.

Moreno was arrested on Wednesday and booked on a count of animal cruelty associated with domestic violence.
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