Pasco sheriff’s deputies arrested a New Port Richey man Saturday and charged him with animal cruelty after he beat four pit bull puppies to death with a metal shovel, according to an arrest report.
David Lee Thompson, 21, 10100 Jungle St., went to a mobile home at 12151 Catalona Ave. in New Port Richey to help his friend move. Once they arrived, Thompson’s friend, Martin Smith, began discussing with his father, Timothy Smith, what to do with the puppies since Martin Smith couldn’t afford to keep them, according to an arrest report.
During the discussion, which took place at the side of the home, Timothy Smith told his son to take the puppies into the woods and kill them, according to the report.
Thompson, according to Martin Smith, said: “I’ll take care of it” and went to a nearby truck to retrieve a shovel, according to the report.
Thompson went into the back yard and beat the puppies to death, deputies said.
Martin Smith dug a hole and the four puppies were buried, the report said. The three men then scattered dead leaves on top of the burial site and placed a plastic dog crate on top of it.
During the deputy’s investigation, a neighbor began digging where they believed the dogs were buried. The remains were found about a foot deep, deputies said.
Thompson, charged with a felony count of cruelty to animals, was the only one arrested in the deaths and remains in the Land O’ Lakes Jail with a $5,000 bond.