Bradenton man beats girlfriend's puppy to death because it 'bit his finger'

BRADENTON, Fla. - A Bradenton man is facing animal abuse charges after he allegedly beat his girlfriend’s 10-month-old puppy to death because it 'bit his finger'. 

Jeffrey Hall, 29, was arrested Wednesday by Bradenton Police and charged with felony aggravated animal abuse after he admitted "he fought the dog" to death.

Toby, a 10-month old Pitbull puppy, belonged to Hall's girlfriend.

Bradenton Police began their investigation on Monday when Toby's body was dropped off at a local veterinarian's office.

The staff contacted authorities when they discovered that the dogs' injuries were consistent with abuse.

According to Lt. Brian Thiers, Toby's owner told them Hall beat the dog because it bit him. She also told Thiers that she was not home when the incident occurred.

A necropsy was performed on Toby revealing “injuries consistent with being beat with a fist, kicked or stomped and hit with an unknown object.” Toby’s lung had also collapsed and liver ruptured as a result of blunt force that had been inflicted.

Once confirmed that abuse had occurred, Hall was then interviewed where he admitted to the abuse.

Hall was booked into the Manatee County Jail on Wednesday. He was released early Thursday morning after posting a bond of $1,500.

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