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Animal complaint leads to arrest

GRANDVIEW - Grandview police yesterday, Wednesday, were dispatched to an apartment in the 900 block of Broadview Drive due to a report of animal cruelty.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the dog hurt after the owner said he became angry at the animal and threw it against a wall.

While in the home processing the complaint, officers reportedly found drug paraphernalia. Following issuance of a search warrant, officers found what is believed to be methamphetamine.

In addition, officers learned the man, Rito U. Mendoza, 30, was wanted on charges of domestic violence, assault and violation of no contact order from an incident the day before.

Police say the assault was committed in violation of an already active no contact order, which by statute makes the assault a felony.

Mendoza was transported to Yakima for an appearance in Superior Court, with requested charges of felony domestic violence.

Assistant Grandview Police Chief Mark Ware says any drug charges are pending until lab analysis confirms the controlled substance.

Yakima County prosecutors will make the final determination on all charges.

As for the dog, Ware said it was severely injured and taken to a veterinarian. Its status is listed as "serious," Ware said.

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