A 27 year-old Florida man, Patrick Shurod Campbell was booked into Palm Beach County’s Main Detention Centre, for allegedly abusing his dog, Dimitri.
Authorities received a complaint about the abuse after a 911 caller reported hearing “slamming noises” from Campbell’s apartment, according to the arrest report, reports Law & Crime.
Policemen arrived and talked to the suspect’s roommates. They said the noise was caused by Campbell disciplining the dog, adding that “he beat the hell out of him.”
Upon questioning, Campbell said Dimitri was in the bedroom closet. The room smelled like urine and faeces, the arrest report said.
There was a “red like substance” on the carpet that was consistent with blood, and more of it on a recliner arm rest.
The couch was pushed against the closet door, and Campbell moved it away. The closet was dark and the police saw that Dimitri seemed to be shaking, ears flat. The dog had a “red like substance” on his right ear consistent with blood.
It was later determined the dog appeared to have sustained a laceration near the bottom of the ear.
Upon questioning, Campbell admitted to biting the dog “to establish dominance.”
The arrest report goes on to detail that, after he was Mirandized (informed of his legal rights), Campbell said he had received a text message that Dimitri escaped the closet and destroyed items in the apartment, including a pack of cigarettes.
Upon returning to the apartment, he confronted the dog with a replacement pack of cigarettes, and tried grabbing Dimitri by the neck in order to discipline him.
Campbell was charged with aggravated animal cruelty.
Palm Beach County records stated that he is in the process of getting a public defender, while a court hearing is set for June 11.