- Florida, USA -
21-year-old SCOTT ADAM MILLS (pictured below), was arrested Friday, February 28, and is facing animal cruelty charges for the grisly death of his family dog.
Police responded to a home on the 2800 block of Antietam Lane in the Villages of West Palm Beach about a missing dog, a 14-year-old German Shepherd-Poodle mix named Max.
When officers questioned MILLS, he denied knowing Max’s whereabouts.
Max’s guardian told officers that he found blood near a man-made pond, and two knives one of which had fur on it that matched Max’s.
Officers went into the backyard of the residence and found an area of disturbed earth near the pond.
They used a shovel to uncover the poor furbaby.
MILLS confessed to stabbing Max several times and using the shovel as a weapon.
According to police, someone in the home told them that MILLS “believes that animals are not real, they are robots and wants to see the inside of the dog.”
The suspect was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail and made his first appearance before a judge Saturday, February 29.
His bond was set at $3,000.
Conditions are he cannot have weapons or animals.
He is due back in court March 30, expected to face charges of felony animal cruelty causing cruel death, pain and suffering.
Dave Aronberg, State Attorney for Palm Beach County said the problem with animal cruelty in the area is in part because the laws are so weak.
He said: “If you commit animal cruelty it’s unlikely you’ll get even any prison time at all. That’s one reason I have made this issue a priority.”