LA man charged with blowing dog’s jaw off with big firecracker

The Associated Press
Thursday January 03, 2002

LOS ANGELES — A man accused of blowing apart a dog’s jaw with a big firecracker pleaded innocent Wednesday to animal cruelty and other charges. 

Gil Raul Delara, 19, allegedly placed a so-called M-80 in the dog’s mouth on Dec. 30 and lit the fuse, police said in a statement. 

The dog’s entire lower jaw was blown off and the animal was put down at a veterinary hospital, according to Officer Eduardo Funes. 

Delara was arrested by detectives from the criminal conspiracy and explosives section, who also found additional M-80s and fireworks. 

County prosecutors charged him with 11 counts of possession of a destructive device and one count of animal cruelty. 

Lynwood Superior Court Judge Xenophon F. Lang Jr. ordered Delara held in lieu of $500,000 bail. Another hearing in the case was set for Jan. 9 in Compton.