Fort Myers, FL — A 30-year-old man is facing a felony charge of animal cruelty after admitting to officials that he killed his adopted pit bull with a pickaxe to the head because she was looking at him funny.
Authorities first received complaints about Galen Aune back in October of 2013. Neighbors reported seeing the man punching the pit bull puppy. Prior to that, neighbors said, Aune was seen picking the pup up by her ears and tossing her. Authorities apparently filed a report and continued to investigate.
Officers recently made contact with Aune at his home. When questioned about the alleged abuse of the dog, Aune reportedly responded that she was no longer a problem because he killed her.
“I know pit bulls, they are all about body language.” Aune told police. “She just looked at me funny and showed bad energy. I had to do something about it, for my health.”
Soooo, he axed her in the head and buried her in the backyard. Animal services took possession of the carcass.
According to animal services, Aune had adopted the dog, named Nelly, about eight months prior to the incident. She was a year and nine months old.
Aune was initially charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty, but after animal services, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the State Attorney’s Office got together, the charged was bumped up to a felony.
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