John Shultz is accused of chaining a cinder block to his family’s dog and throwing the animal into a canal, an act that has led to felony animal cruelty charges.
The 66-year-old from Long Island allegedly killed the 7-year-old Rottweiler mix in the West Islip canal last year. He was arrested this week in his home.
A neighbor had found the body of the dog about a week after it died. A necropsy was performed and determined that the dog was still alive when she was thrown into the canal.
Investigators said the animal likely died a terrifying death.
“Just think about this dog that was in the water trying to swim to the surface,” Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross told the New York Daily News. “You have that image in your head and it’s just mind-boggling how somebody could do something like that.”
Gross said the killing was even more disturbing given that it was a beloved family pet.
“There is no justification for doing this to an animal,” Gross said. “What really hits home is you have somebody who had a family pet and then allegedly does this to it. It’s mind-boggling.”
This is not the first case of extreme animal cruelty to make headlines this week. In Florida, a landscaper named Jason Falbo is accused of running over a family of ducks with his lawnmower. A witness who was watching a family of 11 ducks and their mother eat said Falbo “gunned” the motor when he saw the birds in the grass and headed straight for them, killing them with his lawnmower.
“We were horrified. I couldn’t believe it was happening. It was totally disgusting,” said witness Boyd Jentzsch.
Jentzsch said he and his family had been watching the ducklings, who were just a few days old, and tried to yell at Falbo to stop his attack.
But it got worse. Boyd and his family say that Falbo laughed at them, then circled back around to run over the remaining ducklings.
Police said the mother duck and at least one other escaped the attack, but they may have drowned as a result of their injuries. Falbo is now facing nine counts of animal cruelty.
If he’s convicted of killing the family dog by chaining it to a cinder block and throwing it into a canal, John Shultz could go to prison for up to two years.
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