Monday, December 5, 2022

Ukiah Man Accused of Stabbing Family Chihuahua; Dog Expected to Survive


The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Diego Pulido [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Booking Logs]

On 08-29-2021 at approximately 10:22 A.M. the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a 911 call regarding a disturbance in the 3900 block of Seiji Way in Ukiah, California.  The caller stated that someone had been stabbed. 

Deputies arrived at the location within minutes and were advised by witnesses that a male subject, later identified as Diego Pulido, had stabbed the family dog, and possibly stabbed another family member. 

The family member was preparing to leave the area with the family dog in order to obtain veterinary treatment upon the Deputy’s arrival. 

Deputies summoned medical assistance for the family member and the dog. 

Deputies were advised Pulido was currently inside of the residence. 

Utilizing a patrol vehicle public address system (PA), Deputies were able to get Pulido to exit the residence.  When Pulido exited the residence, Deputies noticed Pulido had what appeared to be blood on his hands, arms, and clothing. 

Deputies learned during the investigation that for unknown reasons, Pulido obtained a kitchen knife and stabbed the small family Chihuahua two times in the abdomen. 

The family member also had blood on him, which initially led witnesses to believe he had been stabbed as well.  It was determined that the family dog had bitten the family member in the hand while trying to provide aid. 

The family member took the dog to an out of county emergency veterinarian hospital where the dog received treatment and is expected to survive.  

Pulido was ultimately placed under arrest for felony animal cruelty (597(a) PC).  Pulido was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail. 



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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFever
I like to think of myself as a journalist for the everyman. Journalism has become a craft practiced largely by the urban elite. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at if you know a story that needs to be told.

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