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Man accused of killing girlfriend's Chihuahua turns himself in to Eugene Police

Woman says a man she knows stole and murdered her dog (Photos Courtesy of Michelle Briggs)

EUGENE, Ore. - A man suspected of killing his girlfriend's Chihuahua mix last week turned himself in to police Saturday night.

Eugene Police arrested Daran Lynn Malnar, 23, on charges of Aggravated Animal Abuse, Aggravated Animal Abuse in the First Degree and Tampering with Evidence.

Michelle Briggs, owner of the dog, called police the morning of December 14 and said Malnar had killed her dog, Sneekers, and dumped the animal's body in a trash bin behind her home on Darlene Lane.

Briggs says she is heartbroken, and that it's been a traumatic few days. It was Wednesday when she realized Sneekers was missing.

Sneekers was Briggs' companion for the past six years. She says they were inseparable, and that he was like a child to her.

"He went everywhere with me, we did everything together," said Briggs. "Everybody knows how much I love that dog too."

So when she came home Wednesday and saw her dog was missing, she began to worry.

Briggs says she knows who did it, however.

She says that Malnar actually confessed to drowning the dog and tossing it in the dumpster, which is where she found it.

"He sent me a text saying 'I'm sorry,' and then another text saying 'I'm sorry I'm so evil,'" said Briggs. "I picked it up and it was so heavy, and I had to put it back down because it was just too much."

With her sister by her side, Briggs suspected that the killer was on his way to Utah, but police were later able to arrest him in Eugene.

For now, Briggs says she's just waiting for answers as she mourns the loss of her beloved Sneekers.

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