Florida man accused of cutting up dog for food

Family member calls police; Pet's head found in trash

Published On: Jun 28 2013 02:01:57 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 28 2013 02:15:26 PM EDT
AP
TAMPA, Fla. -

A Florida man has been charged with animal cruelty after police say he strangled a family dog, then cut up its body parts and stored it in the freezer for future meals.

A police statement says 25-year-old Elliot Huggins, of Tampa, was arrested Friday morning on the animal cruelty charge. It was not immediately clear if he has an attorney and there wasn't a working phone number listed for Huggins.

Police say once Huggins strangled the young dog, he cut it up into quarters and stored it in the freezer for future meals.

A family member called police late Thursday and when officers arrived, they found the dog's ribs cooked in a pot on the stove. The dog's head was in the garbage.

Animal control removed the remains of the dog.