James Leroy Coleman was charged with first-degree animal cruelty in the killing of the dog named Rocky. Police said that Coleman told them he killed the dog because it killed his s3x drive for being with women.
Rocky was an emotional support service dog for an 9-year-old boy, Tmzuncut.com reported. He was staying with Coleman temporarily, as he was a relative of the dog’s owner. Coleman reportedly offered to watch the dog while her owner looked for permanent housing that permitted animals.
Rocky was reportedly found by a mountain biker hanging from a tree branch. It was later found that Rocky had been aggressively sexually assaulted. The official cause of death was asphyxiation and anal bleeding.
“What I know from family members is that he’s got an explosive personality. He’s got some real anger issues,” animal control officer Erika Spencer said.
“HE MUST HAVE BEEN DOING IT FOR A WHILE BECAUSE AFTER HE HAD HIM THE FIRST TIME ROCKY DIDN’T SH*T RIGHT FOR A WEEK”—OWNER
Spencer initially named the dog Justice after the body was found, though his real name was later determined as the investigation progressed. Spencer said she believes Coleman “felt like he was doing the right thing” by putting the dog down.
Court records indicate Coleman “seemed pleased with himself” that he had killed Rocky.
“This investigation was handled extremely well and because of that a suspect is now in custody,” Pasado’s Safe Haven’s lead investigator said in a statement on the Prince George’s County Animal Services website.
“What this man did to Rocky is unspeakable; she suffered tremendously before he died. This person is a danger to animals and people. This will forever be a case that is burned into my mind and my heart. Rocky will never be forgotten, and he will continue to drive me to pursue the monsters who abuse and neglect animals.”
Colemans’ criminal record includes felony charges of domestic violence and burglary, as well as controlled substance charges.
Coleman was identified after Washington’s Most Wanted Viewers submitted tips regarding the case. He is scheduled to appear in court June 21.