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New York man, 26, sexually assaults his dog before beating it with a baseball bat

By Mason White 5:12 PM March 5, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) A man is facing charges after abusing his dog.

Steven Errante, 26, of Dix Hills, New York, has been accused of sexually assaulting the family dog ​​before beating it with a baseball bat.

According to Suffolk County prosecutors, Errante was initially arrested when police received a tip that the family dog suffered serious injuries.

Officers arrived at the scene to find the dog suffering from fractures to the head and face. The dog also suffered a broken leg and trauma to its body.

The dog was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment, but its injuries were too severe and the dog was euthanized a few days later. During an interview with police, Errante admitted to beating the dog with a baseball bat.

However, officers did not disclose the reason for the beating. Additional charges have been filed against Errante after veterinarians discovered that the dog had been sexually assaulted before the beating.

Errante now faces charges of aggravated cruelty to animals, second-degree assault and sexual misconduct. He remains held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

He was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.