A heartless fiend is going through felony prices after getting nabbed on surveillance video dumping a helpless pup right into a rubbish dumpster, police in Florida stated Monday.
Anthony Bellman, 55, pulled up behind a Household Greenback retailer in Lehigh Acres close to Cape Coral on Thursday and took the 16-year-old Shih Tzu pooch named Xyla out of his automobile in a trash bag.
He then tossed the bag a number of ft by means of the air and into the dumpster earlier than driving off, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno stated at a press briefing Monday.
“This sickens me as you watch this,” the visibly indignant sheriff advised reporters. “You may see on this video that he has completely zero regard for Xyla.
“No dwelling factor deserves to be discarded like frequent trash,” he stated. “The suspect [was] actually throwing a life away. This video is disgusting.”
Marceno stated Bellman advised his household he was taking Xyla to the native humane society however as an alternative threw the pooch away.
The sheriff’s workplace traced Bellman by means of a microchip implanted within the pup and deputies had been at his door in Lehigh Acres — about 16 miles east of Fort Myers — inside two hours of Xyla’s rescue.
The blue car seen within the surveillance video was parked exterior the house.
Bellman, who authorities stated is the relative of the Xyla’s unique homeowners, even answered the door carrying the identical garments as within the video, Marceno advised reporters.
He was charged with a felony rely of aggravated animal cruelty and can have his identify added to the county’s Animal Abuse Registry, the sheriff stated.
He stated Bellman, who allegedly had a previous drunk driving arrest in Ohio, was launched on a bond.
Marceno stated the arrest was made by the sheriff’s Animal Cruelty Activity Drive that he based, and which has up to now logged 15 felony animal cruelty arrests and 1000’s of abuse complaints.
Marceno stated Xyla was handled by a vet and is now in good well being and up for adoption.
“We bagged up this trash and gave him a journey to the Marceno Motel,” he added of Bellman — utilizing his nickname for the Lee County Jail.
“You don’t get to abuse an animal in Lee County,” the sheriff added.