Pet sitter accused of beating client’s dog to death

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A pet sitter in Richmond, Virginia, was tasked with caring for a woman’s dog while she was out of the country and he allegedly beat the dog to death instead. According to Tuesday’s NBC 12 News, 22-year-old Wilfred “Freddy” Lee is facing felony animal cruelty charges for allegedly beating a pit bull named “Monkei,” to death.

Monkei’s owner, who found Lee through a care finder website, had met with the pet sitter prior to the planned departure – on Monday, the dog’s owner received a disturbing voicemail stating that Monkei was dead. On Facebook, Monkei’s owner wrote, “Freddy Lee was supposed to baby sit my dog Monkei while I’m in China. He just left a voicemail admitting that he beat her for several days then bound her legs and muzzle and she choked to death.”

Prior to Lee’s arrest, social media users were actively working to determine Lee’s whereabouts – #JUSTICEFORMONKEI accompanied the posts on Facebook.  Richmond Police were able to arrest Lee on Monday evening.

(booking photo/Richmond Police Dept)


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