Dix Hills, N.Y. (The Weekly Vice) - Steven Errante, a 26-year-old New York man, has been charged with sexually assaulting the family dog before beating her to death with a baseball bat.
According to Suffolk County prosecutors, Errante was originally jailed in late December after police received a tip that the family's pet dog was suffering from serious injuries.
Officers arrived on the scene to find the dog suffering from fractures to the head and face. The dog also suffered a broken leg and trauma to her body.
The dog was taken to a local vet for treatment, however, her injuries proved to be too severe and she was euthanized a few days later. Suffolk County Police Sgt., John O'Sullivan, called the beating one of "the most horrific cases of animal abuse I have ever seen."
During a police interview, Errante reportedly admitted to beating the dog with a baseball bat, however, a motive for the beating was not reported. During the investigation, it was also learned that Errante beat his father with a baton several weeks prior. The attack left the victim with multiple broken ribs.
Additional charges have now been filed after further investigation revealed that the dog was sexually assaulted just prior to the beating.
Errante now faces charges of aggravated cruelty to animals, second-degree assault and sexual misconduct. He remains held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
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