PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – New charges have been filed against the man who police say left behind a stolen vehicle with a 3-year-old dog inside.
Francisco Vincent Gonzalez, 34, will appear in court on Monday to be arraigned on an 11-count indictment. According to a Facebook post, there is also a “Dog Walk For Justice” rally scheduled at 9 a.m. on the stairs leading up to the Justice Center before Gonzalez’ arraignment.
Gonzalez is now charged with two counts of first-degree theft and one count each of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful possession of methamphetamine, second-degree animal abuse, first-degree animal abuse, second-degree animal neglect, first-degree animal neglect, animal abandonment, and identity theft.
The indictment alleges that because Gonzalez failed to care for Kona when he abandoned the stolen vehicle, Kona ended up dying.
Despite an online petition that calls for the DA’s Office to “consider all evidence in this case,” officials said the case against Gonzalez is charged fairly and to the fullest extent under Oregon law. When Gonzalez was first booked into jail, he was charged with aggravated animal abuse, but he is no longer. Legal experts point out that under Oregon law, a person is commits “aggravated animal abuse” when they maliciously kill an animal and/or intentionally or knowingly torture an animal.
Preliminary findings from an examination of Kona’s remains show that there are no indications that Kona was subjected to any form of physical trauma prior to his death, according to the police bureau. It is widely believed that Kona died from the exposure to the hot weather while inside the vehicle, which is why Gonzalez is charged with animal abuse, abandonment and neglect. The police bureau said a comprehensive report on Kona’s remains from the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory are still pending.
Gonzalez remains in the Multnomah County Detention Center with bail set at $135,000.
The investigation started on April 7 when Portland Police responded to the Sweet Leaf Illusions dispensary in the 8400 Block of Southeast 82nd Avenue. Officers learned that the owner of the vehicle, Bill Robbins, had his vehicle stole and Kona was inside.
Police say the officers couldn’t take an official stolen vehicle report because the car had not yet been registered in Robbins’ name and because he didn’t have proof of ownership.
On April 12, officers responded to the intersection of Southeast 91st and Southeast Cooper Street after getting a report of a suspicious vehicle. When police arrived, they found Robbins’ Hyundai Elantra. Kona was deceased inside.
Two days later, police arrested Gonzalez outside the Super Value Inn Motel in the 5200 block of North Interstate.
Investigators have not commented on the identity theft charge Gonzalez now faces. According to the indictment, he somehow used Robbins’ ID illegally.
Gonzalez’ wife, Linda Kathy Gutierrez, was also indicted on Friday. She is charged with a single count of hindering prosecution. Police say she rented the motel room used to harbor Gonzalez. She will be arraigned on April 29.
Robbins’ later took his dog for burial in Southern Oregon.