An unhinged Long Island man took in a runaway Chihuahua, then strangled the dog on FaceTime while threatening a relative, police said.
The 23-year-old Brentwood man was arrested Thursday after the slain dog’s remains were found at a waste transfer site in Holbrook, Suffolk County cops said.
The suspect’s name is not being released as he undergoes a psychiatric exam at Stony Brook Hospital.
The Chihuahua had fled from its Central Islip home on May 9. The suspect found the pooch and took care of it for about a month.
During a June 1 video call with a relative, the suspect strangled the dog in an apparent attempt to threaten the family member, said police sources.
Cops and the Suffolk County SPCA were immediately notified of the FaceTime call and launched an investigation. Detectives tracked the garbage from the man’s home to Holbrook and found the dog’s remains there.
The suspect was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and aggravated harassment. His arraignment was pending the results of his psychiatric exam, authorities said.