Heartbreaking Cruelty, Man Decapitates His Newly Adopted Dog

Published: May 23, 2024 at 07:41 PM Author: PENNY EIMS

Pinellas County, FL – A Florida man was arrested and is facing charges for an unthinkable act of cruelty that left his newly adopted dog, Dexter, dead. Just one day after 66-year-old Domingo R. Rodriguez adopted Dexter from the Pinellas County Animal Services, the dog was decapitated, wrapped in a plastic bag and thrown into the mangroves atย Fort De Soto Park.


Dexter’s head had been cut off, but the microchip he received at the shelter was still in place and it led the authorities to his owner, who adopted the dog on May 10. Rodriguez initially tried to claim that Dexter had run away, but after further questioning, he admitted that he had travelled to Fort De Soto Park on May 11. Surveillance video captured Rodriguez at the park on May 11 with a large cooler in the bed of his gray truck.

The authorities say that Rodriguez had several “inconsistencies” in his story and ultimately, they were convinced that he was responsible for Dexter’s grim demise, charging him with animal cruelty and illegally disposing of a dead animal.

Volunteers who interacted with Dexter say that he was a sweet boy who craved love and liked to sit in your lap. But this young dog did not get to experience the love he so desperately craved. Instead, he found himself in the care of a man who cut his life short and mutilated his body.

Please add your name to the petition to help Animal Victory fight for justice for Dexter. Domingo Rodriguez must be held accountable for his sadistic, despicable actions!

Watch Paul Mueller’s video about this horrifying incident:

Target: Pinellas County Prosecuting Attorney and Pinellas County Judge

We the undersigned demand that Domingo R. Rodriguez face the maximum sentence for the charges stemming from the cruel, sadistic killing of four-year-old Dexter, his newly adopted dog. This petition acts as our collective endorsement for Rodriguez to face true consequences for his actions.ย  This man is clearly a danger to society, and he must not walk away from this brutal incident without serious consequences.ย 

Individuals are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law. Animal Victory relies upon the authorities and the court system to determine guilt or innocence.

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Update 6/9/2024: Animal Victory sent petition to the DA and Judge.

Update 6/5/2024: The next court date is June 17, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. EST before Judicial Officer Keith Meyer. Florida 6th Circuit Court, 14250 49TH STREET NORTH. CLEARWATER, FL 33762. This next hearing will be to rule on the defendant’s motion to quash the search warrant by Pinellas County Law Enforcement.

Correspondence filed by the attorney’s defendant is attached below.


Heartbreaking Cruelty, Man Decapitates His Newly Adopted Dog

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17,602 Monica A. 0 Jun 22, 2024
17,601 Denise N. 0 Jun 22, 2024
17,600 Janene P. I want justice!!!! 0 Jun 22, 2024
17,599 Michelle H. 0 Jun 22, 2024
17,598 Ali Y. 0 Jun 22, 2024
17,597 Coco W. So vile. Lock him up before he hurts someone else 0 Jun 22, 2024
17,596 Caroline B. 0 Jun 22, 2024
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17,594 carmen m. 0 Jun 22, 2024
17,593Anonymous #DOYOURPARTANIMALRIGHTS ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ›โšœ๏ธ 0 Jun 21, 2024
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17,591 Rachel T. 0 Jun 21, 2024
17,590Anonymous 0 Jun 21, 2024
17,589 Maria S. Justice for Dexter This man needs to be locked up. Studies show people who are cruel to animals merge to humans next. Get him off the streets please, Maria Sanchez 0 Jun 21, 2024
17,588 Suzanne W. This person is a MONSTER! He should rot in prison! POS! 0 Jun 21, 2024
17,587 Whitney S. 0 Jun 21, 2024
17,586Anonymous 0 Jun 21, 2024
17,585 Maria S. 0 Jun 21, 2024
17,584 Chelsea M. This has to be prosecuted correctly so there is a clear message to others thinking about committing such a cruel act. 0 Jun 21, 2024
17,583 Paul M. 0 Jun 21, 2024
17,582 Candice C. 0 Jun 21, 2024
17,581 Michael C. Justice! 0 Jun 21, 2024
17,580 Barb M. This is beyond repulsive. Max sentence is a must for this scum. 0 Jun 21, 2024
17,579 Gwillim E. 0 Jun 21, 2024
17,578 Lisa H. This person is dangerous and needs to served prison time for ending the life of an innocent dog in such a horrific way, nothing short of torture! 0 Jun 21, 2024
17,577Anonymous 0 Jun 21, 2024
17,576 Judy A. Animal cruelty is against the law! 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,575 Barbara R. Omg!!!! Do the same to this savage!!!! One day after adoption WTF justice for this baby 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,574Anonymous lock him up forever 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,573 Karissa L. 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,572 Rachel L. This man needs to pay for what he did! This is horrible 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,571 linda b. 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,570 Lauren A. 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,569 Sherri M. 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,568 Danna K. When are we going to start putting the animal abusers through EXACTLY what they put the animal through, then euthanize the abuser? 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,567 James H. When are we going to start putting the animal abusers through EXACTLY what they put the animal through, then euthanize the abuser? 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,566 Tina K. When are we going to start putting the animal abusers through EXACTLY what they put the animal through, then euthanize the abuser? 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,565 Christina R. 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,564 Catherine P. This is beyond horrible. He needs to be punished to the full extent and not just a slap on the wrist as usually happens to animal offenders. 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,563 Adrienne V. 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,562 Sherri B. Absolutely horrific if this man even gets to live! 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,561 Christina R. This saddens me and breaks my heart into a million pieces. What this vile human being did is not okay! We need to have stricter laws in place for animal cruelty, and I hope that this man gets punished to the fullest extent for what he has done to that poor sweet innocent baby who just wanted love. That monster needs to rot. 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,560 Lorna S. This has been the most Horrific story I've read. This dog shouldn't of died this way or at All. This dog killer should be punished to the Max, and never ever be a loud to own any type of animal! Shame on you, Karma is a B*T*h!!! 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,559 Margaret D. Rest in peace Dexter ๐Ÿ˜ž 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,558 Daisy L. There needs to be more background checks 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,557 Krystle T. #JusticeForDexter 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,556 Catie J. Justice for Dexter! Maximum sentencing for this inhumane act on a defenseless animal. Lifetime consequences! 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,555 Eileen B. Behead him, waste of space! 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,554Anonymous 0 Jun 20, 2024
17,553 Katelyn A. Justice for Dexter!!! 0 Jun 20, 2024