California’s Three Strikes: Gilroy man accused of killing Chihuahua puppy faces life in prison


By Mark Gomez and Lisa Fernandez Mercury News

A Gilroy man accused of killing his wife’s 6-week-old Chihuahua by throwing the animal against a wall could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted under California’s Three Strikes Law.

Bud Wally Ruiz, 53, was arrested Monday by Gilroy police and formally charged Wednesday with two felony counts of cruelty to animals and one misdemeanor count of battery on spouse, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.

Ruiz, who has a criminal record dating back more than 30 years, is scheduled to appear in court for a plea hearing Tuesday.

In an interview Thursday at the Santa Clara County main jail, where he is being held without bail, Ruiz said he was “wrongfully charged.” And his wife of seven months says it was all an accident.

“He was devastated … he’s not a monster,” Marcella Ruiz said.

On May 12, police responded to a 911 domestic violence call and arrived at the couple’s home, where they found the puppy dead and the suspect gone. Santa Clara County prosecutors allege Ruiz and his wife were arguing when he threw the dog about 15 feet across a room. The dog was inside a small travel tote at the time.

Marcella Ruiz said her husband showed up at her house on May 12. He was drunk and she wanted him to leave. She called the nonemergency Gilroy police line for help getting him out. But Bud Ruiz packed some clothes and Teddy, the 6-week-old Chihuahua he gave her on Mother’s Day, into a bag.

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