The Palm Bay Police Department arrested Markell Brent Sawyer in connection with the July 24 attack on a 2-year-old Yorkshire Terrier named Jasper.
During the burglary, police say the dog was stabbed with scissors and left for dead.
Barbara Riha went to check on her neighbor's 2-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, Jasper, Sunday morning. The dog-sitter was shocked at what she saw.
"I found his collar out in the road, and I knew something was wrong," Riha said.
Police said the dog had been stabbed with scissors, was bleeding internally and suffered spleen and gall-bladder damage.
Smashed glass was found all over the home, the front door and back porch. Police said the floors were coated with soap, drawers were open and that a TV and phone were stolen.
Riha called 911, along with the home and dog's owner, John Kilderry. After police responded, she took Jasper to an animal hospital.
Kilderry flew home from Boston, where he was with family.
"I didn't know if he was going to live, die or what," Kilderry said of his dog. "It was emotionally draining."
The surgery was successful, and Jasper is expected to be fine. But the experience has angered everyone, including law enforcement.
"We take all crime serious," said Lt. Mike Bandish during a statement, "but this was very shocking."
Property from the home was reportedly found in Sawyer's possession after Palm Bay's Juvenile Task Force did a juvenile check.
Sawyer, 19, was charged with armed burglary of a dwelling and felony cruelty to animals.
He is being held at the Brevard County Jail without bond.
Full Name: Markell Brent Sawyer
Date of arrest: 07/30/2016
Time: 2:01 AM
Arresting Agency: Palm Bay Police Department
Total Bond: $13,000
Arrest Age: 19
Address Block: 300 Vin Rose Cir SE, Palm Bay, Florida 32909
Weight: 175 lbs
- #1 Armed Burgl Dwell/Struct - Robbery
- #2 Grand Theft from Bldg >300 <5K. BOND: $2000
- #3 Criminal Mischief <$200. BOND: $2000
- #4 Animal Cruelty-Felony-Cause Cruel Death Pain & Suffering. BOND: $2000
- #5 Dealing in Stolen Property. BOND: $5000
- #6 Grand Theft Mtr Veh. BOND: $2000
(MyNews13 - July 30, 2016)