A Fort Pierce man who complained of feeling underappreciated by his family, took his anger out on his sister’s toy poodle, killing the animal and disposing of its body in a canal, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said this week.
Rashaun Eric Ray, 20, was arrested Tuesday on charges of cruelty to animals, grand theft, destruction of evidence and violation of probation. He was being held without bail Wednesday at the St. Lucie County Jail.
Ray allegedly told investigators he was tired of feeling underappreciated by his mother and sister when they refused to let him in the house. He took his sister’s poodle, slammed it against the concrete several times and then threw it into a canal, the sheriff’s office said.
Ray has a history of anger issues and he showed no remorse for killing the animal, according to investigators.
“Actions like this sicken me,” St. Lucie Sheriff Ken Mascara said in a statement Wednesday. “Family pets are just as worthy of protection and care as any other being.”