A University of Central Florida student was arrested on Friday and charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty for torturing and beating his 17-month-old puppy to death, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Luke Stribling, 20, admitted to intentionally beating his dog. Before charges could be pressed, authorities had to wait for results of the pup’s necropsy.
On June 12, Stribling brought his Shiba Inu puppy named Julian to East Orlando Animal Hospital, stating the puppy had broken his leg two days prior when he became caught between wooden slats on the deck. After radiographs were done on the dog’s leg, additional fractures were discovered. When brought into the vet, the puppy had been shaking in pain, and the veterinary hospital reported Stribling to Animal Services for not providing the dog with immediate care.
On June 26, just two weeks later, Animal Services arrived at Waterford Lakes Animal Clinic to find Julian dead. According to vet reports, the puppy had been kicked to death and Stribling allegedly stated he “hit the dog several times because he was frustrated” when the puppy had urinated on the floor.
A necropsy revealed Julian suffered a broken rib, sternum and abdomen with traumatic lesions and head injuries causing his death.
According to Click Orlando, Stribling was released from jail on a $1,500 bond. During the investigation, records show Stribling was ordered by a judge to attend a four-hour class on responsible pet ownership at Orange County Animal Services and paid a $256 fine. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Rest in peace Julian; your life never began.
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