Authorities in Pennsylvania say a man stomped on a dog’s head, killing it at a residence in Altoona earlier this week.
According to Fox News, authorities responded to the scene after receiving a report of an animal injury.
Upon their arrival, suspect Richard Jukes Jr. allegedly punched one of the responding officers in the face.
Investigators say they found the body of a 1-month-old chihuahua “with a severe head injury inside the residence,” adding that they later discovered that the suspect “stomped on the puppy’s head causing severe head trauma and ultimately killing the dog.”
The abused animal was also “completely infested with fleas,” according to a statement from the Altoona Police Department.
Officers attempted to interview Jukes about the dog’s death when he allegedly assaulted one of the officers.
Jukes was arrested on suspicion of criminal charges including aggravated animal cruelty, aggravated assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, obstructing justice, reckless endangerment of another person, and disorderly conduct.
Stacy Obssuth and Stephanie Obssuth, two other individuals at the location, were also arrested. They are expected to face three criminal counts of endangering the welfare of a child and nine counts of animal cruelty.
Authorities say three minors under the age of 10 were living in the “flea-infested residence.”
Three other dogs and five cats found at the residence were taken into custody of the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society, police said.
As of the latest updates available, Jukes remained behind bars at the Blair County Prison with bail set at $75,000.
[Featured image: Richard Jukes Jr., Altoona Police Department]