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DECEMBER 2011

MAN FACES 25 YEARS TO LIFE FOR KILLING 6-WEEK-OLD PUPPY



Dear Pet Lover,
Bud Wally Ruiz 53, of Gilroy in Santa Clara County, is accused of throwing a 6-week-old Chihuahua, 15 feet across a room and into a wall with enough force to kill the puppy.

In May 2011 Marcella Ruiz called Gilroy police to report a domestic dispute with her husband.  Marcella said that when she told Ruiz she was calling the police, Ruiz yelled at her, “You’re a F ****** snitch” and he threw the puppy across the room into the wall.

Another witness, Marcella’s adult son, told police that he saw Ruiz throw the puppy against the wall.

In a video recorded Police interview, Ruiz claimed that he tripped and fell on the front door threshold and the puppy went flying.

Bud Wally Ruiz has a criminal history dating back more than 30 years. He has been in and out of prison. Among his many crimes are 4 separate Felony convictions for assault with a deadly weapon. He is also on Megan’s list and is a registered Sex Offender.
Ruiz’s wife is part of the problem.  She has repeatedly called 911 with reports of domestic violence, only to change her story to get him out of jail.

Child Protective Services social worker, Priscilla Ribiero said that Marcella’s two young children have been removed from the home to keep them away from Bud Ruiz.  Ribiero stated, Marcella will often change her accounts to protect Bud, even at the expense of losing her children.

At a June 14, 2011 court hearing. Marcella sat next to me. When she noticed my T-shirt with the Voices For Pets logo, she asked me why I was there?  I introduced myself and asked if she was willing to press charges with the hope of getting her kids back?  She said, “I can’t talk about that.”  A short time later the court called Marcella’s name and she stood up and asked the Judge for permission to visit her husband in jail.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeffrey F. Rosen has charged Ruiz under the California Three Strikes Law. If convicted Ruiz faces a sentence of 25 years to life.

Voices for Pets has seen similar cases that were charged or should have been charged under the Three Strikes Law that were plea bargained.  Some of these cases were given a five-year sentence, some two years, and some only probation.  Five years does not mean five years.  With three days credit for every two days served in county jail plus two days credit for every day served in state prison, with pressure to grant early release due to prison overcrowding, Bud Wally Ruiz would be back in the community within two years if given a plea bargain.

Voices For Pets is asking you to contact Santa Clara County District Attorney Rosen to thank him for charging Ruiz under the Three Strikes Law.  Please ask D.A. Rosen to not allow a plea bargain in this case.
    
You can contact District Attorney Rosen by mail, fax, and email.
Jeffrey F. Rosen, District Attorney Santa Clara County    
Fax:  408-286-5437
70 West Hedding Street                                                     
email ACornell@da.sccgov.org
San Jose, CA. 95110

Be sure to add the suspect’s name, Bud Wally Ruiz and case number #F1138469.
In addition to contacting the D.A. if you are willing to come to court, send us your phone number and email, and Voices For Pets will notify you of future court dates.
    
Leroy Moyer, Director Voices For Pets  925-685-5388
MAY 2012

Another case that Voices for Pets has been tracking is that of Bud Wally Ruiz in the ccty of Gilroy in Santa Clara County.

In May 2011, Ruiz was arrested for domestic violence and throwing a 6 week old Chihuahua’s puppy, 15 feet across the room into a wall with enough force to kill the puppy. Bud Wally Ruiz has a long criminal history dating back more than 30yrs. He has been in and out of prison. Among his many crimes are 4 separate felony convictions for assault with a deadly weapon. He is also on Megan’s list and is a registered Sex Offender.

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeffrey Rosen has charged Ruiz under the California Three Strikes Law. If convicted Ruiz faces a sentence of 25yrs. to life. For the last year Ruiz has been setting in county jail. There has been over 40 scheduled court dates. This is not unusual with so much at stake. The latest hearing on May16, had to do with psychological reports and the judge determined that Ruiz is competent to aid In his defense. As we get closer to a preliminary and trial date Voices for Pets will let you know.