Man hangs his mother's dog because she told him to find a job

David Rivera 
By: Wayne Morin

A man was arrested on a charge of animal cruelty after allegedly hanging his mother’s dog because she urged him to find a job, police in Florida said.

DeBary police said that they have arrested 24-year-old David Rivera, after being accused of hanging his mother’s dog before climbing on a tree and threatening to jump.

Rivera was charged with one count of animal cruelty. He was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail, and his bail was set at $2,000.

According to the police, officers were called to a house in Dirksen Drive around 11 a.m. on Thursday. The suspect’s mother approached the officers to say that her son became suicidal after she told him to find a job.

Rivera climbed onto a tall oak tree, and hanged his mother’s 5-year-old dog.

Rivera then climbed 30 feet up the tree, tied a wire rope around his own neck, attached one side to a tree branch, and then threatened to jump.

Officers tried to convince Rivera to come down, but he refused.

Eight hours later, Rivera voluntarily surrendered. Rivera was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.