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DEPUTIES: BABY ARMADILLO ATTACKED BY DOG, KILLED BY MAN

Frustrated by a family of armadillos digging holes in his neighborhood, a man let his dog attack one and then stomped on the animal, killing it, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reports.

A neighbor told sheriff's deputies that Charles Robert Page, 45, of 3035 66th Ave. N was walking his dog about 8 a.m. Sunday when he saw the armadillos, spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda said.

The man said that when Page let the dog off its leash, it ran toward the thick-shelled animals, which all scattered except for one young one. He saw Page step on the animal's head several times before kicking it, he said.

When deputies questioned him, Page admitted to stepping on the animal's head, sheriff's officials said.

Page was arrested on a charge of cruelty to animals. He was released from the Pinellas County Jail early Monday after posting $5,000 bail.

Armadillos are relentless diggers and reproduce quickly and in large numbers. They can uproot landscaping, ruin lawns and cause structural damage to homes.

"It's a pretty good-sized problem," said Jeff Norris, whose company, Nuisance Wildlife Removal, deals with the animals frequently. "There's a lot of things that they do damage to."

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