Steven Scott Fleming was arrested Sunday afternoon and faces aggravated animal cruelty charges for allegedly stabbing his dog three times and then beating the American boxer and Labrador retriever mix with a baseball bat at his home on the 1100 block of Northeast 13th Street in Ocala, Fla. reported the Ocala.com.
According to the police report, Fleming was first spotted beating at the front door and breaking a window. Inside of the home, neighbors heard screaming, and when they went over to investigate, the bloodied dog named Molly had just fled the house. Neighbors screamed at Fleming to leave the dog alone and let her go.
When authorities pulled up, Fleming attempted to climb the fence to escape, and was arrested at the scene.
An investigation inside of the house revealed bloody drag marks, blood splattered along the floors and walls, and a broken and bloodied baseball bat.
Ocala Police officials credit the neighbors with saving the dog's life. None of the neighbors attempted to engage Fleming in a showdown, however their yelling and screaming at him to leave Molly alone may have saved her life.
Molly is recovering at Marion County Animal Services and is expected to survive. One of the stab wounds penetrated Molly's sinus cavities.
Fleming is being held without bond at the Marion County Jail. Records indicated previous, unrelated arrests. This time he has been charged with felony animal cruelty, resisting arrest without incident, and violating his parole.
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