Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pasco deputies: Dog beaten to death as Hudson couple argued

David Crivelli, 49, was arrested and charged with domestic battery and cruelty to animals.

David Crivelli, 49, was arrested and charged with domestic battery and cruelty to animals.

HUDSON — The Jack Russell terrier had been barking Monday night while David Crivelli and his girlfriend argued. After Crivelli punched his girlfriend several times, authorities said, he turned to their dog.

He grabbed a full, sealed bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne and "struck the dog multiple times in the head," the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said. The dog died from those injuries.

Crivelli, 49, shoved the terrier's body in a red pillowcase and buried it in a shallow grave in the front yard of the couple's home at 7632 Hatteras Drive in the Sea Pines area of Hudson. Pasco deputies arrived and the girlfriend, 30-year-old Amanda Gardner, showed them the champagne bottle and where the dog was buried. Gardner's left eye was purple and nearly swollen shut, the sheriff's report states. Her lip was cut.

She told deputies the fight began because Crivelli didn't like her working as a dancer at Lollipops, a strip club in Hudson.

"She said David was mad about her working there and was saying she was prostituting herself at the club," the report says.

Crivelli, who is unemployed, punched Gardner "multiple times in the face with a closed fist" and pushed her down, deputies said. Gardner said she also punched him in self-defense. They continued arguing, she said, and Crivelli turned toward the barking dog.

Crivelli wouldn't talk to deputies about what happened, but he did keep asking why he was being arrested, the report states.

Gardner was not able to be reached by phone Tuesday and no one answered at her home, which had a "wipe your paws" welcome mat on the porch. The front windows were slightly open and one glass panel was broken. Rain poured inside the open windows of a car in the driveway. A shovel was in the front yard.

Crivelli was charged with domestic battery and cruelty to animals. He has no prior arrests in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Crivelli is being held without bail at the Pasco jail.

Times researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this story. Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@tampabay.com or (727) 869-6229.

Pasco deputies: Dog beaten to death as Hudson couple argued 02/26/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 8:41pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. No toll lanes north of downtown Tampa in three of four interstate proposals

    Transportation

    TAMPA — Express lanes may not be coming to downtown Tampa after all. Or at least not to the stretch of Interstate 275 that goes north through Bearss Avenue.

    Seminole Heights resident Kimberly Overman discusses the new interstate options with V.M. Ybor resident Chris Vela (left), Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp and HNTB consultant Chloe Coney during a Tampa Bay Express meeting Monday night at the Barrymore Hotel. [CAITLIN JOHNSTON  |  Times]
  2. No lack of issues facing St. Petersburg's six council candidates

    Elections

    ST. PETERSBURG — The six candidates for City Council gathered Monday evening in the very chamber to which they aspire to serve.

    St. Petersburg City Council candidates (from left)  Brandi Gabbard and Barclay Harless in District 2; Jerick Johnston and incumbent council member Darden Rice in District 4; and Justin Bean and Gina Driscoll of District 6. All six candidates appeared at Monday night's forum at City Hall sponsored by the League of Women Voters. [CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times]

  3. Iraq's Kurds vote on independence, raising regional fears

    World

    IRBIL, Iraq — Iraqi Kurds voted Monday in a landmark referendum on supporting independence, a move billed by the Kurdish leadership as an exercise in self-determination but viewed as a hostile act by Iraq's central government. Neighboring Turkey even threatened a military response.

    People celebrate Monday after voting closed in a referendum on independence in Irbil, Iraq.
  4. North Korean diplomat says Trump has 'declared war'

    War

    UNITED NATIONS — North Korea's top diplomat said Monday that President Donald Trump's weekend tweet was a "declaration of war" and North Korea has the right to retaliate by shooting down U.S. bombers, even in international airspace.

    North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, center, speaks outside the U.N. Plaza Hotel in New York on Monday.
  5. Pinellas grants St. Pete's request to add millions to pier budget

    Local Government

    Times Staff Writer

    The Pinellas County Commission has granted St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman's request to dedicate millions more toward the city's new pier.

    The St. Petersburg City Council on Thursday  voted 7-1 to appropriate $17.6 million for the over-water portion of the Pier District. This is a rendering of what the new Pier District could look like. [Courtesy of St. Petersburg]