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Dog succumbs to injuries after alleged beating with baseball bat - arrest made

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UPDATE 2/24/14: According to News 12 Long Island, Errante is facing charges of aggravated animal cruelty, petit larceny for allegedly stealing the dog, named Pearl, from a fenced-in pen, and sexual misconduct since an investigation revealed he allegedly had sex with her before beating her with a baseball bat. He is being held on $50,000 cash bail, and will undergo a psychiatric evaluation. His next court date is scheduled for April 4.

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UPDATE: 12/28/13: - CBS reports that Errante appeared in court today on charges that he allegedly broke his father's ribs with a baton at least a day before he beat the dog with a bat so severely she had to be euthanized. Errante is being held on $75,000 bond and was ordered by a judge to stay away and have no contact with his father.

Police have made an arrest in connection with a seriously injured dog discovered at 800 Deer Park Avenue in Dix Hills, New York last Sunday, December 22.

The dog was found when Suffolk County Police answered a call at this location.

They brought the dog to Veterinary Medical Center in Long Island (VMCLI), where it was determined that the female Labrador mix sustained head fractures, body trauma, a broken forearm, and fractured teeth, along with other injuries after police say she was struck repeatedly with a baseball bat. She also had evidence of older healed injuries.

Steven Errante, 26, was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals under the NYS Agriculture and Market Law for the alleged brutal attack, as well as second degree assault.

Police say he also assaulted an adult male on a previous occasion. He was held overnight and will be arraigned today in Suffolk County First District Court in Central Islip.

A Facebook page has been started for the dog being referred to as Pearl. Sadly, despite the excellent care she received at VMCLI, her injuries were too severe and her Facebook page announced the heartbreaking news this morning that Pearl had passed away overnight.

The following is a partial statement from the page:

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we have to let you all know that we lost our little Pearl Girl during the night. She started to run into complications in the evening ...we had to let her go.

We are riddled with grief and sadness over the loss of this sweet baby. She touched the hearts of so many, she was loved by thousands and she will forever live in our hearts.

Pearl felt loved in her final moments, and she can rest now knowing that many of her followers will help to seek justice on her behalf.

This is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with further information is asked to call Second Squad Detectives at (631) 854-8252.

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