A Northford, Connecticut man, Arnaldo Silva, was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly killing his daughter’s two-year-old bulldog. The arrest followed a report of a possible domestic dispute on Monday night, prompting a response from the North Branford Police Department.
As officers arrived at the Connecticut residence, they discovered a trail of blood leading from the living room to Silva’s bedroom. Silva, 51, was found with a bloody nose and covered in blood-stained clothing. The department reported that Silva seemed under the influence of alcohol or drugs and was uncooperative with officers. Due to his condition, he was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital for medical attention.
Upon further investigation inside the home, officers found the lifeless bulldog and a bloody kitchen knife in its kennel. An autopsy by the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory will determine the cause of the dog’s death.
The New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office and East Haven Animal Control are handling the investigation. Silva faces charges of cruelty to animals and second-degree threatening, with an expected court appearance on Thursday morning.
North Branford Deputy Chief James Lovelace emphasized the challenges faced by law enforcement and expressed hope for Silva’s swift prosecution. He commended the officers for ensuring the victim’s safety and apprehending the suspect. The department, appalled by the violent crime, remains dedicated to community safety and extends sympathy to all involved, thanking first responders and collaborating with relevant authorities.
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