Crime

Tired of feeling underappreciated, man kills sister’s toy poodle, police say

Rashaun Eric Ray
Rashaun Eric Ray

A Fort Pierce man was arrested Tuesday after he reportedly killed his sister’s toy poodle because he felt underappreciated by his family, police said.

Rashaun Eric Ray, 20, told investigators he was tired of feeling underappreciated by his mother and sister, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office said in a release Wednesday. When his mother and sister refused to let him in the house, he took his sister’s poodle, slammed it against the concrete several times and then threw it into a canal.

Investigators said Ray has a history of anger issues and he showed no remorse for killing the dog, according to the sheriff’s office.

Ray was arrested on charges of cruelty to animals, grand theft, destruction of evidence and violation of probation and booked into the St. Lucie County Jail. His bond is $11,250.

“Actions like this sicken me,” St. Lucie Sheriff Ken Mascara said in a statement Wednesday. “Family pets are just as worthy of protection and care as any other being.”

According to the St. Lucie County clerk of courts, Ray was previously arrested on one charge of arson back in July 2014.

According to a story by TCPalm, that arrest was in connection to a fire that started in a bathroom at Indian River State College’s Adult Education Program.

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