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Colorado man accused of dismembering roommate’s dogs booked into jail

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Matthew Dieringer

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- The man accused of brutally killing two of his roommate's dogs in Florissant last week has been arrested after several days on the run.

Matthew Dieringer was booked into the Arapahoe County Jail after being arrested at a Days Inn in Englewood late Sunday night, according to the Teller County Sheriff's Office. Dieringer had been on the run after being accused of aggravated animal abuse for the disturbing event.

It started on June 25 when the Teller County Sheriff's Office Animal Control team was called to a welfare check in Florissant after the dog's owner said he received concerning text messages from his roommate, Matthew Dieringer.

When deputies arrived at the mobile home, they found the insides in disarray -- the walls were covered in blood and had multiple holes, including one spot that looked like it had been body slammed. Deputies also found the words "South Park" etched onto a TV screen in the home, and neighbors told investigators that Dieringer claimed to be working on a South Park movie.

"The scene we went into was difficult," explained Trixie Hudspeth, Teller County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Officer.

The warrant says deputies found a 6-inch black tail with a white tip severed and submerged in water. The owner of the dogs positively identified the tail belonging to his dog, Hayoka. Other remains of Hayoka haven't been found.

Outside the mobile home, deputies found a blue plastic tote with Suka's remains inside. It was determined after a necropsy that she died of a blunt force trauma.

Several tooth fragments and black dog hair were found in a bathtub drain inside the home.

Neighbors in the area reported hearing yelling and seeing Dieringer in an "enraged mental state," the night before law enforcement arrived at the home.

Dieringer also has a history of arrests for assault, criminal mischief, and burglary, according to Colorado court records, though some of those charges were later dismissed. Court records show that at least one family member obtained a protective order against Dieringer.

Dieringer is being held on a $10,000 bond.

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  1. This POS needs a VERY long time away from society. His next victim could be a human. Something wrong with anyone who would do something this heinous to a poor animal. I think a federal law was passed on animal abuse. Hope it pertains to this waste of oxygen.

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