Police: Pasco man high on meth, hits dog with sledgehammer

Tri-City HeraldAugust 9, 2013 

— A Pasco man was high on meth and prescription drugs when he hit his boss’ dog with a small sledgehammer, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

The black lab, named Luke, had to get over eight stitches after being hit with the sledgehammer Thursday morning at his Franklin County home, said Deputy George Rapp.

Jose Ignacio Zaragoza, 32, was arrested following the incident and booked into the Franklin County jail.

Zaragoza --who worked for a Pasco construction company -- was working out of his boss’ house for the day, Rapp said. When Zaragoza showed up around 6 a.m., he was apparently under the influence.

The boss, whose name was not released, sent Zaragoza home around 8:30 a.m. because he was acting “strange,” Rapp said. The boss and other employees removed Zaragoza from the property.

Zaragoza got the sledgehammer from his vehicle and got back onto the property, Rapp said. He started approaching his boss and other employees while swinging the hammer.

Luke saw Zaragoza coming towards his owner and charged him, Rapp said. As the dog came at him, Zaragoza hit him with the hammer.

It took three men to get Zaragoza to the ground, Rapp said. When deputies arrived, the men were sitting on Zaragoza and he was passed out.

Deputies found hydrocodone pills in Zaragoza’s pocket and he admitted to using methamphetamine, Rapp said. He was taken to the hospital before being booked.

Luke is expected to make a full recovery, Rapp said.

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