LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. – A Florida man was charged with torturing and killing a dog that he later baked in an oven, according to authorities.
Vicasso Lara, 24, stabbed and beat the dog before placing it in an oven and heating it to its highest setting, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release posted on its Facebook page.
“I’m speechless,” Sheriff Carmine Marceno said. “This is possibly the most brutal and horrific example of animal abuse my team or I have ever seen.”
Deputies were called to Lara’s home by a neighbor who said he was making threats. Deputies said they found pools of blood outside and bloody footprints leading inside, where the dog was found in the oven.
Investigators said Lara stabbed and bludgeoned the dog.
Lara was being held Saturday in the county jail without bond. Jail records didn’t list a lawyer for Lara.