Owner: Man kills dog dur­ing at­tack

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Local - By Larry Barszewski and Wayne K. Rous­tan [email protected]­Sen­tinel.com, 954-356-4556 or Twit­ter @lbarszewski

A man tak­ing a sledge­ham­mer to a car dur­ing a do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance then wielded it to kill a dog be­ing walked by a passerby, Lauder­hill po­lice said.


Green, 32, went on a ram­page about 6:30 p.m. Fri­day in the 700 block of North­west 34th Av­enue, po­lice said.

He was ar­gu­ing with a woman in­side a BMW be­fore get­ting out and swing­ing the ham­mer to smash out the win­dows. He then walked north down 34th Av­enue, po­lice said.

Two women walk­ing their dogs nearby heard the com­mo­tion and started to walk to­ward the scene, said Lt. Mike San­ti­ago.

One woman tried to pho­to­graph the sus­pect with her cell­phone, which en­raged Green. He raised the sledge­ham­mer and threat­ened them be­fore grab­bing the woman’s phone, San­ti­ago said.

The sec­ond woman’s poo­dle be­gan bark­ing at Green, so he struck the dog with the sledge­ham­mer, killing it, be­fore run­ning away with the ham­mer, po­lice said.

The dog’s owner told WPLG-Chan­nel 10 her poo­dle, Sum­mer, “died be­ing brave.”

“Sum­mer girl, she was bark­ing try­ing to pro­tect us, but she wasn’t vi­cious, she wasn’t bit­ing or noth­ing. She was just do­ing her bark­ing, do­ing her job,” the woman said.

“It hurts me to my heart to lose my baby. This is my baby,” she told Chan­nel 7. “She would sleep with me ev­ery day and night. She is gone, and I can’t smell her puppy breath any­more.”

Po­lice were look­ing for Green late Satur­day and con­sid­ered him armed and dan­ger­ous. When caught, he will face charges that in­clude ag­gra­vated as­sault, armed rob­bery, and ag­gra­vated an­i­mal cru­elty, po­lice said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors were ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion on Green’s where­abouts to con­tact the Lauder­hill Po­lice De­part­ment at 954-497-4700.


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