by News Channel 8's Annie Rourke
Posted Jan. 14, 2008
Updated 11:00 PM
Plainville (WTNH) _ Two brothers from Plainville are charged in a horrifying case of animal abuse after a pit bull bit a young boy's arm.
Police say a little boy was taken to the hospital after being bitten on the arm by his uncle's pit bull. But it didn't end there. Now, that boy's father is behind bars, while his uncle is facing charges. The dog has been put to sleep.
Severino Cruz, 32, and 27-year-old Enrique Cruz were both arrested in their Farmington Avenue home after the Sunday afternoon attack. A three-year-old pit bull, kept in a cage in the basement, got loose and bit Severino's 8-year-old son Nick.
Police say the bite was not severe but enough for him to get checked out.
"The dog bit the son Nick," Captain Peter Costanzo of the Plainville Police Department said. "At which point, Enrique took Nick to the hospital for treatment."
When the father heard about the attack, he took matters into his own hands. "Severino came home at that point in time and in a fit of rage, took a power drill and drilled the dog's head several times," Costanzo said.
The dog, back in the cage at this time, had no way to get away.
"He held the dog by his collar with his chain and drilled the holes in the dog," Costanzo noted.
Up to twelve holes were drilled into the dog's head. "This didn't immediately kill the dog," Costanzo said. "But it was later necessary to have the dog euthanized."
At that point, the dog's owner, Enrique, called police. But when they arrived, they arrested Enrique for animal cruelty as well. There was another dog in the cage -- a four-month old puppy who has now been taken by the animal control officer.
Police say, the dogs had been badly malnourished and kept in deplorable conditions. "I couldn't give you specifics other than to tell you, it was an unhealthy condition for the dogs and they weren't being fed properly," Costanzo said.
Police say that Severino Cruz admitted what he had done and said that he was very sorry. He's being held on a $25,000 bond and faces felony charges of animal cruelty.
It's not clear yet if he'll serve time or be required to take anger management classes, especially because he has a child to care for. The brother Enrique is also facing animal cruelty charges.
The puppy is up for adoption.