|Published:||Dec 20, 2012 10:15 AM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 20, 2012 10:27 AM EST|
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Pompano Beach man is behind bars on an animal cruelty charge after authorities say he stabbed a python 19 times.
Jail records show 38-year-old Roy Strickland was arrested Tuesday on a charge of causing cruel death, pain and suffering to an animal. He's being without bond. It wasn't immediately known if he has an attorney.
An arrest report states Strickland stabbed a friend's ball python 19 times, leaving the knife inside the reptile. He told deputies the snake was evil.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports (http://sunsent.nl/Yln4dw ) that during his court appearance Wednesday, Broward County Judge John Hurley said the snake died a slow death, and "it does seem like the violence was gratuitous."
The investigation continues.
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