A Colorado Springs man who confessed to killing his dog will be charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region said Wednesday.

Animal law enforcement officers started an investigation July 28 after receiving video evidence from a neighbor.

Rowland Trevino, 22, is accused of killing his dog Koy and burying him in the backyard, the agency said.

A necropsy of the dog showed signs of strangulation and a severed throat, the HSPPR said in a news release. 

Two more dogs, Diamond and Rex, were rescued from Trevino's property and are available for adoption, the Humane Society said.

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Leslie is a Digital Producer. When she's not behind a computer, she's outside hiking or paddle boarding. Leslie started as an intern in the fall of 2018 then joined the Gazette staff in 2019.

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