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BRENTWOOD, NY – Long Island police have charged a 23-year-old man with killing a dog and threatening a relative during a video call.
Suffolk County police said Saturday that they had charged the Brentwood man with serious animal cruelty and harassment in connection with the killing and threat of dogs last Tuesday.
Authorities said they would not publish the man’s name because he was undergoing a mental examination in a hospital.
The man found a Chihuahua on May 9 who fled his home in Central Islip and kept the dog for almost a month, police said.
On Tuesday he strangled the dog during a video call with a relative and threatened the family member, the police said.
Detectives found the dog’s body in a garbage handling facility in Holbrook on Friday. An autopsy was planned.
Police said the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals helped with the investigation.