COURTESY JEFFERSON COUNTY SHERIFF
Paul Garcia bound Flick with duct tape and dumped him in a ditch, authorities say.
Paul Garcia, who was arrested last week in a stomach-churning case of animal abuse
, has been indicted on a federal gun charge.
Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney's Office allege that Garcia, 39, of Barnhart was in possession of at least one firearm on September 14, 2018, which was illegal because he has multiple felony convictions.
It's not clear if the new charges have anything to do with the dog abuse case. The federal indictment includes few details.
Garcia was arrested last week in Jefferson County after a sheriff's deputy discovered a dog that had been bound in tape and dumped in a ditch in Imperial. Sheriff's detectives traced a fingerprint on the tape to Garcia.
When questioned about the incident, he told detectives he thought the dog was outfitted with a camera used by law enforcement to monitor his movements, according to a probable cause statement. He admitted to loading the dog in a bucket, binding his mouth and legs and then tossing him out of the window, the statement says.
The dog, later identified as Flick, did not belong to Garcia, who said he was installing some speakers on his truck when the dachshund wandered up. Flick was later reunited with his owner.
Garcia has multiple convictions for domestic abuse, along with convictions for trespassing and possession of chemicals used to make meth. He's being held on $50,000 bond in the state animal abuse case.
The federal gun case carries the possibility of a ten-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.
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