Monday, February 6, 2012

Mishawaka, IN: Man accused of killing dog

MISHAWAKA — Mishawaka police are investigating a 33-year-old Mishawaka man for allegedly killing a dog by beating it to death.

The suspect’s ex-girlfriend reportedly told police last week that the man killed the dog and put it in the garage. Officers discovered the dog Saturday inside the garage of the home in the 300 block of Milburn Court, partially wrapped in a mattress cover.

The woman told police that her ex-boyfriend had beaten the dog daily over a three-year time frame they owned the animal and that her children had seen the suspect beat the dog, according to a police report.

She said the suspect would hit the dog with brooms so hard the handles would break.

The suspect said the dog had gotten sick around the end of November, and he could not afford to take it to the vet because he didn’t have the money.

The suspect told police he found the dog dead in the backyard on Dec. 5 and had put it in the garage until the ground thawed and he could bury it.
The St. Joseph County Humane Society took possession of the dog’s body.

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