Intruder slaughters beloved puppy to death with machete: report

A Florida man is now in custody after he reportedly broke into an area apartment building and killed an innocent puppy in his crate.

Just before 7 p.m. last Thursday, a resident of Dover, Fla., about half an hour west of Lakeland, contacted police to report a home burglary. According to that reporta 25 year old homeless A man named Alexander Hernandez-Delgado broke into the residence through an unlocked living room door. During his brief stay at the house, Hernandez-Delgado is said to have helped himself to various dishes. He also allegedly caused a mess by “throwing various objects around the apartment,” the report said.

However, the most heinous allegation against Hernandez-Delgado is that he viciously stabbed the resident’s puppy. The alleged victim claimed to have first seen the suspect leaving the house and allegedly wearing one cap stolen from the apartment. Then, when the victim got inside, he or she discovered the puppy dead in its crate near the door. It’s unclear how police determined a machete had been used to kill the pet. It is also unclear whether the machete belonged to the apartment or was brought into the apartment by the suspect.

A short time later, officers from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office found Hernandez-Delgado across the street at a nearby Dollar General Store. When confronted, he reportedly admitted staying at the broken-in home and was arrested without incident.

Hernandez-Delgado was jailed at Falkenburg Road Jail and charged with aggravated animal cruelty with a gun, armed home invasion and petty theft. He remains in custody on $50,000 bail.

Sheriff Chad Chronister released a statement on the incident and took no heed of the suspect being arrested.

“I have zero tolerance for abuse of any kind,” Chronister said. “Unfortunately, this is not the first case of animal cruelty that we have seen in recent times. I cannot stress enough how important it is to me that these suspects are charged. This suspect has a history of violent behavior in the area and it is important that he is held accountable so that he cannot continue to harm innocent people or animals.”

It is unclear when Hernandez-Delgado is expected to appear in court again. Intruder slaughters beloved puppy to death with machete: report

Laura Coffey

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