Man pleads guilty to numerous charges connected to the death of Kona

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A man accused of stealing a car and causing the death of the car owner's dog named Kona pleaded guilty to numerous charges on Monday, including animal abuse and animal neglect.

Francisco Vincent Gonzalez, 34, pleaded guilty to the following counts: first-degree animal abuse, first-degree animal neglect, animal abandonment, motor vehicle theft, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, two counts of first-degree theft and possession of methemphetamine,

Gonzalez's sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 7 at 8:30 a.m.

Gonzalez stole a car belonging to Bill Robbins while it was running with the air conditioning on outside Robbins’ business on April 7, 2016, according to police. Robbins’ dog, Kona, was inside the vehicle and the theft was caught on surveillance video.

"It was pointless. He had so many opportunities to let my dog go," Robbins said.

The car was found April 12 with Kona, a Great Dane and black lab mix, dead inside.

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Gonzalez was arrested at a Portland motel on April 14. His wife, 33-year-old Linda Kathy Gutierrez, rented the room and was arrested at a different location, police said.

On April 25, a Multnomah County grand jury indicted Gonzalez for first and second-degree animal abuse, first and second-degree animal neglect, theft in the first degree, theft of a companion animal, unauthorized use of a vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, identity theft and possession of methamphetamine.

Gutierrez was also indicted by the grand jury for hindering the prosecution.

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In April, Robbins told KGW he was glad the grand jury returned an indictment.

"I'll be at every hearing there is. I want to look at this guy in his face every single time. Let him know this is never going away."

Kona’s remains were taken to the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Oregon State University for a forensic examination, police said. Preliminary findings show Kona did not experience any trauma before he died.

Robbins buried Kona in Southern Oregon.


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