HESPERIA -- A utility worker is accused of killing a Hesperia family's 2-pound teacup Chihuahua while he was on a service call.

Homeowner Brianne Enos says the dog, 9-year-old Gwen, ran out of the house and began barking at the Southwest Gas Corp. employee who arrived Friday on a service call.

The utility worker then allegedly kicked the dog, breaking its neck. The dog died.

Southwest Gas says in a statement the service technician was charged twice by the homeowner's aggressive dog. The utility is offering $500 for a replacement dog.

The utility worker's name has not been released.

The family says the dog did run out and bark at the employee. But Enos says she didn't have enough time to put down her 2-month-old son, who was in her arms, and chase after the dog before the worker kicked it.

Enos has filed a report with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Hesperia station.


Information From: VV Daily Press