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Sheriff: Dog choked for pooping on rug, man charged with animal cruelty

Brenden Geary, 21, of Palm Coast, is accused of choking his roommate's dog after it pooped on the rug. (Flagler County Sheriff's Office)

A man from central Florida is facing animal cruelty charges after investigators say he choked his roommate's dog after it pooped on the rug.

According to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office, the owner of the dog came home Monday night and found it unresponsive. The owner, along with his roommate, rushed the 11-pound Yorkie named "Dixie" to an animal hospital with injuries consistent with asphyxiation. Dixie arrived at the vet in shock and had bruising to her ears, face, neck, and abdomen.

At the time, both the owner and roommate told deputies they didn't know what happened to Dixie, the sheriff's office said.

Investigators took photographs of the back porch where Dixie was left, saying it "depicted a violent encounter." Deputies found blood on the wall of the back porch area and on a dog food bag and carpet. There were smudges of dog feces on the wall.

Investigators interviewed the roommate, Brenden Geary, the next day. Dixie's owner said Geary was the only one home with the dog at the time.

After being shown photographs of the dog, and presented with inconsistencies with his initial story, Geary eventually admitted the dog "s--t and pissed all over that rug," the arrest report said.

Deputies arrested Geary on a charge of aggravated animal cruelty. He remains in the Flagler County Jail on a $2500 bond.

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