Police find narcotics, abused dog

   Bay City police rescued a cruelly bound dog and arrested a 39-year-old man on an animal cruelty complaint and on two drug-related charges Monday, Aug. 15. 
   Another suspect at the scene was arrested on outstanding traffic warrants. 
   Officers were sent to a location to investigate a suspicious persons’ call and after police arrived just before midnight Monday, they saw two men trying to duck from view. When Officer Estrada made contact with both subjects and began talking with them, he noticed they were both nervous and sweating, police reports show. 
   Estrada continued investigating the scene and gathered enough information to call BCPD K9 Officer Keith Hatton, who came with his canine partner Kim who alerted on a vehicle belonging to one of the subjects.  
   Estrada searched the vehicle and located small plastic bags commonly used to package narcotics, reports show. 
   He also located a digital scale with a crystal-like substance on it, but no narcotics were found. 
   William Vinson, 39, of Bay City, was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia. The other man, Setero M. Martinez, 35, also of Bay City, was arrested on outstanding traffic warrants, police said. 
   While Estrada was doing his investigation with Vinson, backup Officer Chris Hadash heard the whimpering of a dog.  
   Hadash looked inside a vehicle to see a small white and brown dog laying on the floorboard.  
   The dog’s mouth was bound tightly in such a fashion the animal was not able to pant and cool himself down, the reports show.  
   The dog’s body was also bound so that it was unable to move without pain and suffering.  
   Hadash retrieved the dog and freed him from his restraints and the dog was taken to the Bay City Animal Shelter. 
   Vinson and Martinez both were taken to the Matagorda County Jail.  
   While booking Vinson into the jail, Estrada was able to retrieve a crystal-like substance in a plastic bag inside of the suspect’s clothing.  
   A field test on the substance and tested positive for methamphetamine, police said. 
   The charge of Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance was added to Vinson’s booking sheet, as well as Cruelty to Non Livestock Animals. 

 

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