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Florida man arrested after he killed, cut up and cooked the family dog: police

A Tampa man killed a family dog, cut it up in quarters, and put the pieces into the freezer Thursday night, according to Tampa Police.

They arrested Thomas Elliot Huggins, 25, of Tampa on Friday morning. Officers said he strangled the 6-month-old pit bull mix named Bandit in the morning, quartered the dog with a steak knife and froze it.  His mother came home Thursday night and found a pot of the dog's ribs cooking on the stove.

"I feel sick to my stomach right now," said neighbor John Pisacane.

Pisacane gave Huggins the dog back in February. His dog, Coco, is Bandit's mother.

"It's almost like hurting a baby. If I knew that, I'd never have given it to him in the first place," Pisacane said.

When TPD officers arrived at the house to arrest Huggins, they found the dog's head, hide and insides in the garbage and its ribs in a pot. According to the police report, Huggins ate some of the cooked dog meat.

Neighbor Nickloa Davis often saw the little black and white dog outside. She said it was a friendly dog that always wanted to play with her dog, Smoke.

"It was the cutest little dog," she said.

Davis said the dog, which she describes as a pit bull mix, didn't appear malnourished, but it was often left outside without water.

According to the police arrest report, Huggins admitted to killing and dismembering the dog. He told police he had done it before with squirrels and rabbits and didn't see anything wrong with that.

But Davis said Huggins did not need to kill his dog for food.

"I've been to the food pantry, and the mother, I've seen her at the food pantry," Davis said. "So I know they didn't have to do that for food."

Authorities charged Huggins with felony cruelty to animals. His bond is set at $2,000 according to arrest records.

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Comment by J. Linder on August 6, 2013 at 4:21am

I AM DISGUSTED AND I AM AMERICAN. But NO WAY do I value Animals more than humans. I am disgusted to know that Americans in the South Southerner's eat Racoon, Deer, Opposom, Squirrel, Bear, Snake, Rabbit. At the state fair's they FRY UP ANYTHING. I seen Fried Oreo cookie's, Fried Pickle's, Fried Icecream. Southern people can't cook nothing for me. In the South it look like they value Dog's more than people. In N.C. they have a few Dog Parks...THAT'S INSANE. It's White people idea to do this, Black people don't open up Dog Salon, Dog Park and we certainly don't eat them. It's a white thing. Two White women come home to find there husbands having sex with their pet PIT BULLS in separate incidents. White people are sneaking on Farms to have sex with Farm Animals in the South. THIS IS A WHITE THING...LOL

Comment by Jacci on July 19, 2013 at 9:00am

He kills a dog and gets arrested and will probably go to jail, yet, Zimmerman gets off scott free for killing an unarmed teen,LOL, that's Florida for ya

Comment by Anthony Phoenix on July 2, 2013 at 5:58pm

At least he wasn't going to go hungry...............................right?

Comment by Bombahdrop on July 2, 2013 at 11:54am
Lmfaoooo
Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on July 2, 2013 at 8:47am

@TIG Baku does do that alot but I am not into the oral ting but again if de woman a gwan I won't stop her but I just did not want Sharon fe get pull into Baku Fuckry !!!! But that was a good shot had to laugh at it myself but intelligent can we just say smart or wise maybe !!!! LMAO

Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on July 2, 2013 at 8:42am

Baku ya madddd !!!! But funny very funny !!! But taken Sharon out na sound like a bad idea doe I think the convo would be on a engaging level with words  longer den four letters!!!! LMAO!!!

And for the record if you engage in oral it's licking and sucking na eating do de maths !!!!! LOL

And me have some ALPO ova so since ya like dog sitten so much!!!! Oh gosh !!!

Comment by Baku on July 1, 2013 at 9:48pm

leh we suppose a nasty man like Ruff tek Sharon out pun a date Sight? Den he lean close an wispuh in shi ear " Baby, is long time now I man bin watchin yuh Pata yuh kno" Leh we go Tower Hotel so I cud eat a piece"

Immediately dat wud excite Sharun and shi wud seh 'Ohhhh you Guynese men, you have such appetites" LOLOLOLOL   Nex ting yuh know, Ruff eatin a nasty Cratch in tower hotel. Suppose two chiney was in de nex room with a plate of dogmeat. Who eatin de nastier ting?

Comment by Baku on July 1, 2013 at 9:43pm

TIG all I sayin is if yuh cud eat a CRATCHES sight? Den eatin a DAG is no big ting.......

Comment by GospelPan on July 1, 2013 at 6:35pm

and I used to think it was a dog eat dog world! LOL

Comment by Ruff de Gehto Travler on July 1, 2013 at 6:06pm

@Sharon dat na matter she!!!! LOL a just so she stay!!!!

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