A Eustis man was arrested for killing the family dog during an argument with his wife.
Eustis police officers responded to a call Tuesday morning at a residence located on Dixie Avenue where they could hear a woman screaming and a man shouting, “Give me the dog!” The dispatcher told the officer heading to the residence that they heard what sounded like a dog had been thrown against a wall.
When the officer arrived at the scene, he was met at the front door by 32-year-old Jonathan Alfredo Diaz Capo. He told the officer that he had been arguing with his wife over the family dog which had urinated in the house. He refused to let the officer into the house and demanded to talk to his supervisor. Capo refused to allow the officer to see the dog, claiming it was in it’s kennel. When the officer asked Capo why his foot appeared to be red and swollen, he said he must have kicked something.
When the supervising officer arrived, Capo was told that Lake County Animal Control would be coming and he would have to produce the dog when they arrived. Capo broke down and told the officers that, “I messed up. I hurt the dog and the dog is not well. I messed up big time.”
Capo then let the officers into the house where they found the dog dead and stuffed into two trash bags in the kitchen.
Capo was placed under arrest and was transported to the Lake County Jail. He was charged with felony animal cruelty. His bond was set at $2,000.