Two men were arrested Wednesday for their involvement in an incident in which a small dog was beaten to death with a baseball bat and then buried in a yard in Felton earlier this week.
Kent County SPCA animal control officers released information about the incident Friday morning.
The Delaware Animal Care and Control dispatch received a call at around 8 p.m., Tuesday, in regards to the incident, which officers say took place on the 2200 block of Andrews Lake Road, Felton.
The dog was a Yorkshire terrier/Pomeranian mix breed.
According to Chief Brian Whipple, of the Kent County SPCA, officers responded to the location and began questioning the resident of the property.
During the questioning, Vernon Slater, 48, a neighbor who lives two houses down from where the dog was killed, arrived home and was asked if he knew anything in regards to the incident.
Slater stated that he had knowledge of what had happened, Whipple said. After further questioning, Slater was arrested and taken into custody by Delaware Animal Care and Control Officers and the Delaware State Police.
Another neighbor, Peter Beddia, 25, was contacted and questioned, Whipple said, and was later taken into custody.
Slater was charged with cruelty to animals, a felony, and was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2. He was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond. He was ordered not to own or possess any animals until the case has been adjudicated.
Beddia was charged with second-degree conspiracy, a felony, and was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 2. He was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond.