A Troy Hill man accused of beating his dog to death with a pry bar was arrested Thursday afternoon, police said.
Authorities said neighbors called police when they heard sounds of a dog yelping coming from Darwin Jones' yard.
According to police, when detectives arrived at the Goettmann Street house, Jones admitted to killing the dog.
“(The neighbor) said he hit it with a long pole at least 40 times and it screamed the whole time,” Animal Friends officer Kathy Hecker said.
Authorities said the neighbor told detectives that she witnessed Jones, 59, dig a trench in the yard and bury the dog.
Police said Jones told them that he thought his German Shepherd was poisoned and he was trying to “put the dog out of its misery.”
Channel 11’s Jodine Costanzo was at the home when Jones was handcuffed and taken away by police.
Jones told Costanzo that he had to beat the dog because the vet bills would have been too high.
“It was poisoned and I just put him to sleep, that’s all,” Jones said. “I had to kill him. I didn’t want to shoot a gun in the city, so I hit him so he’d go to sleep.”
Pittsburgh Police Officer Christine Luffey said they aren’t sure of the motive.
“We spoke with his wife and she said the dog was healthy,” Luffey said.
Jones is facing animal cruelty charges.