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ARRESTED: Man suspected of killing dogs in Colorado

Felony animal cruelty suspect Matthew Dieringer, pictured with Hayoka (L) and Suka (R), who Teller County law enforcement says he killed and, in one case, dismembered. (Teller County Sheriff's Office)
Felony animal cruelty suspect Matthew Dieringer, pictured with Hayoka (L) and Suka (R), who Teller County law enforcement says he killed and, in one case, dismembered. (Teller County Sheriff's Office)(Teller County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Jul. 21, 2020 at 5:41 PM MDT
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TELLER COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - The Teller County Sheriff’s Office announced a man who they say killed his roommate’s dogs was recently arrested.

Officials say the suspect beat an Australian cattle dog named Suka to death, then killed and dismembered his roommate’s other dog, Hayoka.

“A necropsy confirmed Suka died of blunt trauma,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

The suspect has been identified as 30-year-old Matthew Dieringer of Pueblo. Dieringer faces two counts of felony aggravated cruelty to animals.

The sheriff’s office announced on Monday he was arrested Sunday night at a Days Inn Motel in the Denver Tech Center.

“The Teller County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for their interest in this case and vigilance in watching out for Mr. Dieringer,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a release. " We would also like to thank our law enforcement partners at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. It is times like these that remind us all that all life is precious and partnerships with our community and law enforcement partners creates opportunities for great outcomes.”

Dieringer is currently being held in the Arapahoe Detentions Facility on a $10,000 cash-only bond and will eventually be transferred to the Teller County Detentions Center.

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