Odessa Police Searching for Animal Abuser

Odessa Police Searching for Animal Abuser

By Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

ODESSA: Odessa Police are reporting that a dog was brutally abused in the 3600 block of Hancock. Now, officials are searching for the woman who is responsible for the disturbing crime.

"The dog did sustain serious bodily injuring as a result of being tortured by Venegas," Steve LeSueur with the Odessa Police Department, said.

An investigation started back on January 13 after witnesses reported Arasely Venagas to police. They claimed that Venagas had been torturing a small white dog.

"The investigation revealed that Venagas had taped the dogs mouth shut with duct tape and also wrapped tape around the dogs legs and a further investigation revealed that Venagas had snipped off part of the dogs ear with scissors," LeSueur said.

Venagas' neighbors said they're shocked that something like this was happening on their street.

"Think about that being done to yourself. It's not a human being but it's another life so it's pretty cruel. I don't know who would do that," Joshua Valenzuela said.

During the investigation, Venegas admitted to police that she had a dog and was aware of the accusations.

"What occurred was disturbing," LeSueur said.

Venegas is wanted for cruelty to non-livestock animals, which is a state jail felony. If convicted, she could face up to two years behind bars and $10,000 fine. Police say Venegas also has four other warrants out for her arrest.

"We know that somebody out there somewhere knows where she is at," LeSueur said.

As for the dog, thankfully, it was rescued by a local animal rights group and is now safe.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Arasely Venegas, you're asked to call Odessa Police or Crime Stoppers at 333-TIPS.