US man accused of strangling, cooking family dog
Houston: In a gruesome incident, a 25-year-old man in Florida has been accused of strangling a family puppy, chopping it into pieces and cooking its ribs on the stove. Thomas Elliot Huggins was arrested on Thursday after a family member called police, US media reports said today.
"When officers arrived, they found the dog's ribs cooked in a pot on the stove," Tampa police said. "The dog's head was in the garbage," a police official said.
Huggins had strangled the 6-month-old pit bull and chopped it into quarters, storing pieces in the freezer for future meals, police said. He was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and was produced before a judge yesterday. His bond was set to $10,000.
"Shock. Total shock," Nickloa Davis, a neighbour of Huggins said. "I was speechless because the dog was always outside playing," said Davis.
Equally as stunned was John Pisacane, who gave Bandit to Huggins as a gift when his pit bull had a litter of puppies. Animal control officials took the remains of the dog.