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St. Petersburg man strangles dog, threatens family, police say

ST. PETERSBURG — A 57-year-old man strangled a 13-year-old pit bull mix with a zip tie and threatened to do the same to his family members, according to police.

The man told police he killed the dog, named Barry, because it was "in the house and living better than him," police said.

Arrested was Vladimir Stefanovich Struk, of St. Petersburg on an animal cruelty charge. He remained in the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail Thursday morning.

Officers responded to the home at 3711 28th Ave. N about 5:50 p.m. Wednesday and found the dog dead in a trash can. Struk lives at the home with his wife, a stepdaughter and another woman. His wife told police she recently filed for divorce.

As the dog barked and squealed, Struk held it to the ground so it couldn't get away, according to an arrest affidavit.

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St. Petersburg man strangles dog, threatens family, police say 05/20/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:57pm]

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