A 25-year-old man was in custody Sunday just days after an arrest warrant was issued for him in the killing of an abandoned dog at a trailer park.
Kyle Rufus Childers is accused of breaking the neck of the dog last week, then dumping the canine’s body in a dumpster.
Childers was booked into the Parker County Jail Saturday on a charge of cruelty to non-livestock animals, causing death. Details of his arrest were not available Sunday.
The owner of the dog, Anthony West, 39, was taken into custody Wednesday on a charge of cruelty to a non-livestock animal, abandonment.
West told deputies he had driven to a nearby farm and abandoned the animal after it damaged the trailer park in the 5300 block of North Farm Road 51.
The dog returned to the trailer park, and a resident had been caring for the animal, providing food and water, according to Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler.
But on Tuesday afternoon, the resident saw Childers dropping the dog in a dumpster.
Childers told the resident “the dog was bothering him so he broke its neck,” authorities said.
Officials retrieved the dog’s body and took it to a local veterinarian, where X-rays showed that it died from a broken neck.
“This poor dog was first abandoned by its owner and ultimately met a gruesome death by the violent hands of another,” Fowler said in a news release. “He only knew love for a brief moment through a stranger who tried to care.”
West was free Sunday after posting $2,500 bail shortly after his arrest.
Childers was in jail Sunday in lieu of $10,000 bail.