Steven Errante from Dix Hills, faces additional charges of sexual misconduct with a dog he beat so severely in the face and head with an aluminum bat, the animal had to be humanely euthanized reported newsday.com.
In October, Errante, 26, stole a dog from behind a church. The dog, a Rottweiler and Labrador retriever mix, named Beauty was allegedly beaten with a bat on Dec. 22 by Errante who authorities stated showed no remorse.
By the time police arrived, Beauty was barely breathing. She had been beaten in the head, face and legs. Although veterinarians tried to save her life, Beauty's injuries were too severe for her to have survived. A few days later she was humanely euthanized.
Errante was charged at the time with aggravated animal cruelty and larceny. He has pleaded not guilty.
On Feb. 18, Errante was charged with having sex with the dog before beating her.
Investigator Suffolk County Police Sgt. John O'Sullivan called this "the most horrific case of animal abuse" he had ever seen.
In a Suffolk County Court on Monday, Judge Barbara Kahn agreed to allow Errante to undergo psychiatric evaluation to help determine if he can understand the charges and proceedings against him.
Errante is currently being held in lieu of $50,000 bond and is due back in court on April 4.
Rest in peace Beauty.
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