Police in northern Mexico arrested a man who confessed to killing his neighbor's three dogs and then barbecuing them.
Ciudad Juarez police spokesman Adrian Sanchez said Ulises Rodela, 39, was arrested Wednesday after officers responded to a call for a street fight.
Rodela told officers his neighbor confronted him after finding out Rodela had called in the city's animal control division after spotting the dogs roaming the streets. The neighbor, whose name was not disclosed, told police he checked and animal control had no record of picking up or taking in the dogs.
Police said Rodela confessed to killing and barbecuing the dogs.
El Diario de Juarez newspaper reported Rodela’s son, Manuel Naruaga, stood up for his father, saying it was all the work of a disgruntled neighbor causing a fuss.
Officials are still trying to determine whether, assuming he killed the dogs, if Rodela sold the meat. The Chihuahua state inspector is taking samples from various food stands to test for dog meat.
Published reports in Ciudad Juarez said some neighbors support Rodela and others support the dog owner.
Police are still investigating the case.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.