NEIL CLIFFORD SCHWARTZ, a U.S. Border Patrol agent, accused of shooting and killing a dog

- New Mexico, USA -

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was arrested on Friday, November 19, in connection with an animal cruelty case and is now facing felony charges in southeastern New Mexico.

NEIL CLIFFORD SCHWARTZ is accused of shooting and killing the dog of a neighboring family he had been having issues with this past summer.

An affidavit said that on October 18, the neighbor’s dog, a Labrador named Thiago, went missing from the family’s property.

Thiago’s family searched for him and since they had bought him a GPS collar, they were able to track the collar down to SCHWARTZ’s home.

Thiago’s family then confronted SCHWARTZ’s wife who asked them to leave.

KRQE reports that Thiago’s family eventually found the collar in the ditch by the highway just outside the Casino Apache Travel Center but there was no sign of Thiago.

Sadly, the family later found Thiago lifeless on Warwick Street and called the police.

An investigation revealed Thiago had died from a gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Among evidence gathered by police were security video of the travel center, dog hair from SCHWARTZ’s truck, and a dashcam from his personal vehicle.

Additionally, police matched a spent shell casing from SCHWARTZ’s home with the same bullet size that killed Thiago.

POLICE then charged SCHWARTZ with three felony counts including extreme cruelty to animals and tampering with evidence.

KRQE News 13 reached out to Border Patrol to get their reaction to SCHWARTZS’s arrest.

The agency sent a statement to the news outlet to advise they are cooperating with police and have started their own investigation into SCHWARTZ’s. Border Patrol did not disclose whether or not SCHWARTS was fired.

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