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California man accused of beating girlfriend's dog to death

Dennis Michael Hector
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Authorities in Lake County arrested a Clearlake Oaks, Calif., man who allegedly beat his girlfriend's dog to death after the dog killed his pet bird, reported Monday's Lake County News.

According to the publication, on Friday, 52-year-old Dennis Michael Hector beat his girlfriend's dog to death with his fists because the dog had killed his parakeet.

On Jan. 24, deputies were dispatched to the Shoreview Drive residence after receiving a call about a woman screaming. According to Lt. Steve Brooks, the responding deputy heard the screaming when he arrived, but nobody answered the door when the deputy knocked.

Backup was called and two deputies then forced their way into the residence after the occupants refused to open the door.

Hector's girlfriend notified the deputies that her dog had been killed, and advised them that the dog's body could be found in a boat which was in the channel behind their home.

Hector allegedly admitted to warning his girlfriend that he would "take action against" her dog if the dog harmed his bird; he allegedly admitted that he believed that it was okay to kill the dog if the dog killed another pet.

Hector was arrested on multiple charges for the incident, including maliciously and intentionally torturing and or killing an animal, subjecting an animal to needless suffering or inflicting unnecessary cruelty, resisting arrest, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled substance and destroying or concealing evidence; he is held on $100,000 bail.

Lake County Sheriff's Office arrest record here.

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