Man accused of strangling puppy faces felony charges

11:47 AM, Dec 9, 2013   |    comments
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KUSA - A 24-year-old man whose girlfriend is charged with animal cruelty is facing his own charges in the death of her other 8-week-old French bulldog.

Andrew Etzler turned himself in to the Boulder County Jail on Dec. 6 after an investigation by the Boulder Police Department's Animal Control Unit.

Investigators say Etzler strangled the French bulldog puppy named Genji, who died of its injuries in July.

The puppy belonged to Etzler's girlfriend, 24-year-old Caitlin Brook Lesko, who was arrested in November on separate cruelty to animal charges involving a different puppy named Bamboo. Bamboo was burned and suffered from two broken legs.

A veterinarian told police Etzler brought Genji to the clinic on July 10. According to the vet, the puppy appeared to have been strangled. The veterinarian told police the injuries were consistent with severe strangulation, and the puppy died the next day.

Etzler denied strangling the puppy but did appear angered that the puppy had urinated and defecated in his bed.

The vet also told police Etzler was very "jittery" and "agitated." He appeared to be on some kind of drugs. 

The other puppy, Bamboo, was treated for his injuries and broken bones. He has since been adopted by a new family.

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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