New charges for man accused of brutally killing dog

A search and rescue team located the remains of family dog "Leo" one day after alleged killing

Abel Nistor listens to his attorney at his first court appearance on charges he killed his family's pet dog, April 28, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Abel Nistor listens to his attorney at his first court appearance on charges he killed his family's pet dog, April 28, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) – A grand jury filed new criminal charges this week against a 20-year-old man who admitted to killing his family’s dog in the cruelest way possible, court document show.

Abel Nistor is now charged with two counts of first-degree aggravated animal abuse and one count each of animal abandonment and first-degree theft. Under Oregon law, a dog is considered the property of its owner and people can be charged with theft for stealing it.

The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said Nistor took “Leo,” the family Rottweiler, and abandoned the dog at a local animal shelter. When he took the dog, Nistor reported told family members that “I’m gonna kill that dog,” Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Shawn M. Overstreet recently wrote in court documents. The dog was found safe and then returned home.

Deputies said a few hours later, Nistor took Leo out into the backwoods near the family’s home in the 5100 block of Southeast Jenne Road where he killed the dog. Deputies said Nistor used a knife, hammer and shovel. When deputies responded to the home April 27, they were unable to find Leo’s remains. Nistor reportedly said, “I killed the dog in the cruelest way possible and I kind of liked it,” Overstreet wrote. He told the family that they “will never find” Leo, court documents state.

The Multnomah County search and rescue team responded to the home the next day and located Leo’s remains.

Nistor will be arraigned on the new grand jury indictment Wednesday. The case is now being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Nicole Jergovic who specializes in animal abuse and neglect cases.

Nistor remains in jail. His bail has been set at $261,500. At the time of his first arraignment April 28, prosecutors had his bail increased because of the lack of remorse he reportedly showed and the violent nature of the alleged killing.

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