A Deltona teenager has been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly admitting he beat the family’s toy poodle to death after having had an argument with his father.
According to the Volusia Sheriff’s Office, Austin S. Ilardo, 18, was arrested Tuesday evening and charged with one count of felony animal cruelty on the fatal attack of t he family’s toy poodle. In addition, he was also charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for striking the family’s other dog – a Boston terrier.
Authorities were called to the home at whic time Ilardo stated he had been angry at his parents and hit the Boston terrier several times with his hands and his shoe. He also told police he did realize what he was doing to the dog was wrong and said he moved the dog to the bathroom so she would be safe.
Ilardo’s anger escalated again when he called his father and told him what he had done to the dog. He then started to break items in the home and then used a wooden dowel to beat and kill the toy poodle. The dog’s body was recovered. The other dog is scheduled to be examined by the family veterinarian for any possible injuries.
Ilardo remains in custody in lieu of $6,000 bond.
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