Kona’s owner confronts dog’s killer in court

Bill Robbins wants justice for his best friend

Bill Robbins offered a $4000 reward for the return of his Great Dane-Lab mix, April 11, 2016 (KOIN)
Bill Robbins offered a $4000 reward for the return of his Great Dane-Lab mix, April 11, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It has been an emotional week for Bill Robbins since dog was found dead in his stolen car. Robbins said from the beginning that he only wanted to find Kona, but since the beloved dog’s death, he is focused on justice.

The man accused of stealing the car with Kona inside is Francisco Vincent Gonzalez, who was arrested Thursday night on charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, 2 counts of first-degree theft, aggravated animal abuse and possession of methamphetamine. His wife was also charged for hindering prosecution.

When Gonzalez appeared in court today, Robbins has his chance to come face to face with the man that killed his best friend.

“I’m just doing this for my Kona. Someone needs to speak for him,” Robbins said. “He wasn’t able to speak for himself and I kind of let him down so I’m trying to do this for him and hopefully we can start to try and change the laws around here”

Robbins was also disgusted to learn that Gonzalez himself was a dog owner. “It’s ridiculous,” he said. “There’s people out there’s people out there abusing animals left and right”

Gonzalez was arraigned Friday and is being held on $135,000 bail. Neighbors said they knew something wasn’t right with him.

“We’ve had problems with him and not just us. He’s been up to the neighbor’s house on the front porch and messed with them a little bit and it was kind of scary,” said neighbor Mark Courville.

“I hope I never see him out,” said Robbins.

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