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Lake County man accused of killing Chihuahua with machete

A Lakeport man has been arrested for killing his Chihuahua with a machete, according to the Lakeport Police Department.

Police officers initially responded to a Tuesday morning call about a man threatening to kill his dog and people with a machete. When they arrived at the Lily Cove Avenue apartment complex, they found William Richard Gatlyn, 27, standing on the front steps of the building. Police said Gatlyn was uncooperative and refused to move or talk.

When he reached into his pants pocket, officers physically restrained and handcuffed Gatlyn, police officials said. Entering his apartment, they found the dead dog with a machete lying across its body, officials said. The dog had suffered multiple lacerations, according to the police report.

Gatlyn was arrested and booked into the county jail on suspicion of felony animal cruelty. He has prior arrests for battery, burglary, trespassing, public intoxication and being under the influence of a controlled substance, police officials said.

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