Man arrested for killing Chihuahua with tile scraper in Venice

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VENICE, Fla. (WFLA) – A Venice man is behind bars after deputies say he used a tile scraper to kill a small dog.

Sarasota County deputies were called to a home on Bucknell Road around 7 p.m. Saturday for a domestic dispute. When they got to the scene, deputies say they found 26-year-old Aaron Merwine had killed an 8-pound Chihuahua named Lucky. 

According to an arrest report, Merwine punctured the dog approximately five times near its head and neck until the dog eventually died. Merwine then turned toward a woman at the scene and threatened to kill her with the scraper, deputies say.

A neighbor managed to intervene and disarm Merwine. The neighbor then held him until deputies got to the scene.

Responding deputies noted in the arrest report that Merwine appeared to be under the influence of an “unknown intoxicant” and immediately raised his hands when approached by a deputy. 

After being taken into custody, deputies say Merwine told them there was a “strong magnetic force between him and the dog” and “the dog had to go.”

Merwine was arrested and charged with five counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was booked into the Sarasota County Jail on $120,000 bond.

Deputies say a necropsy will be performed on the dog to determine its exact cause of death.

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