VALPARAISO, Ind. – An Indiana man accused of stealing two dogs and killing them, apparently because their owner rejected his advances, is facing new charges in the case.
Lake County prosecutors charged 23-year-old Anthony M. Priestas on Wednesday with burglary, residential entry and theft.
The authorities say that the Hammond man in the Crown Point woman’s home Feb. 21 when no one was home, stole her pug dogs Mugsey and Marley, and deadly defeat them in neighboring Porter County.
The Post-Tribune reports the woman who owned the dogs had rejected Priestas advances.
Priestas faced with two felony counts of the killing of a domestic animal in Porter County.
Court records say an underage witness Priestas slamming one of the dogs on the ground and hitting with an object.
His lawyer has said that the authorities have charged the wrong person.
Information from: Post-Tribune, http://posttrib.chicagotribune.com/