- Florida, USA -
On August 21, 2022, the Claremont Police Department arrested 62-years-old BRIAN KEITH RUMLER (pictured), a retired Seminole County teacher, after he murdered his new girlfriend’s son’s dog with a baseball bat.
According to the arrest report, RUMLER told police he was on the couch when the dog, a 6-year-old Labrador mix named Fenway, “ran up to [him] and bit at his left hand.”
The report goes on to say that RUMLER then went to the garage where Fenway followed him “in a curious manner.”
Police said that RUMLER “Grabbed a red and gold baseball bat, walked back inside, and observed [Fenway] in the front room area looking at him.”
RUMLER struck Fenway on his head, killing him instantly, and walked away.
As stated in the report: “The blow that was delivered to [Fenway's] skull caused him to die upon impact.”
RUMLER then put the bat back in the garage and wrapped Fenway in a large blue tarp.
Police said that “There was a reasonable amount of time from when [Fenway] bit him to when he walked into the garage, losing sight of the dog,” therefore, when RUMLER struck Fenway, the act was not in self-defense.
Animal Control responded to the scene and determined that Fenway “was not actively attacking Brian Rumler when he was walking to the garage.”
RUMLER claimed that this was the second time that Fenway had bitten him and that it happened before in May.
Brian Velms, Fenway’s dad, told FOX 35 Orlando that he got Fenway as a puppy. He was only one month old when he became part of their family and now, he’s gone with a swing of a bat.
Online court records show that the filthy murderer was booked into the Lake County Jail on one felony count of aggravated animal cruelty. He was free a few hours later after posting a $2,000 bond.
According to online court records, RUMLER’s court appearance has been scheduled for September 19, 2022, at 8:30 a.m.
Voice For Us believes that animal abusers should not benefit from the option of paying bail/bond after their arrest, but should remain in jail until their first court appearance!
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Fenway’s picture (No. 3) shared from Tiffany Shay