Man 'didn't have the guts,' so friend beat 4 puppies to death with shovel, deputies say

Published On: Apr 30 2013 02:30:04 AM HST   Updated On: Apr 30 2013 05:30:31 AM HST

David Lee Thompson is accused of shooting four puppies dead in New Port Richey.


A Tampa Bay area man has been charged with beating four pit bull puppies to death with a shovel.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office reported that David Lee Thompson, 21, went to a New Port Richey mobile home Friday to help his friend move. The friend and his father began discussing what to do with the puppies since the son couldn't afford to keep them. An arrest reports said the father suggested taking the puppies into the woods and killing them.

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The son told deputies he "didn't have the guts," so Thompson reportedly killed the puppies. The three men buried the animals and scattered dead leaves on the site.

The friend's stepmother learned about the puppies and contacted animal services.

Thompson was arrested Saturday on a charge of animal cruelty. He was being held on $5,000 bail.

The other men weren't arrested.


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