Suffolk County man arrested for allegedly killing dog on Facetime

A Suffolk County man has been arrested for allegedly killing a dog and threatening a family member, according to police.

Authorities say that on May 9, a 23-year-old man found a Chihuahua that had escaped from its home in Central Islip.

After keeping the dog for nearly a month, the man then contacted a family member via FaceTime on June 1 and strangled the dog to death while threatening his family member during the video call.

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Police investigated the incident and determined the dog's remains had been discarded. They were later recovered at a waste facility in Holbrook.

The man was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and second-degree aggravated harassment. He was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for evaluation.