A Florida man is facing charges after he allegedly drowned the family dog following a domestic dispute with his wife, reported Thursday's NBC 2 News.
Police arrested 61-year-old Thomas Hoeckel after the body of a black and white dog was found this week in the Gulf of Mexico.
A vacationing family made the heart-breaking discovery; the dog, whose harness was tethered to a cinder block, had been swept towards the shore near Don Pedro Island beach.
Hoeckel allegedly used his boat to transport the innocent dog out on the Gulf, and then tossed him overboard with the heavy cement block to ensure that the dog would sink.
Charlotte County Animal Control officer Ronelle Moore noted that animal cruelty crimes and domestic abuse, often go hand-in-hand, stating:
Aggression or abuse toward animals is often hand-in-hand with abuse toward people with domestic situations,"
Hoeckel's wife had reported her dog missing just days before the body washed towards shore. Following the tragic discovery, the woman is reported to have moved out of the couple's Englewood home.
Hoeckel is if facing a felony charge for causing a cruel death to an animal, and for the unlawful disposal of an animal.
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