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Boulder Police: puppy strangled to death

10:08 PM, Dec 6, 2013   |    comments
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BOULDER- A Boulder man faces a charge of felony cruelty to animals in connection with the death of an 8-week-old puppy.

Andrew Etzler, 24, turned himself in Friday afternoon.

Animal Control officers believe Etzler strangled a French bulldog puppy named Genji in July. The puppy was taken to a vet, but died of his injuries.

A veterinarian told police that Etzler brought Genji to the clinic on July 10, 2013. The puppy was unconscious and according to the vet, appeared to have been strangled. The veterinarian told police the injuries were consistent with severe strangulation.

Etzler has denied strangling the puppy, but told the vet he had showered the puppy twice to wash him off after he urinated on his bed.

Genji, the puppy, belonged to Etzler's girlfriend, Caitlin Brook Lesko.

She was arrested last month on separate cruelty to animals charges involving a different puppy named Bamboo.

Lesko, is charged with two counts of Cruelty to Animals, in connection with injuries to Bamboo.  He suffered from burns and two broken legs.

Bamboo was treated for his injuries and has been adopted by a new family.

Boulder police discovered Genji's death and Etzler's potential involvement in it while investigating Bamboo's injuries.

Anyone with information about either of these cases is asked to contact Animal Control Supervisor Janee Boswell at 303-441-4385.

Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776.

Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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