|James Leroy Evans|
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested on a charge of animal cruelty after allegedly raping and killing a dog that killed his lizard, police in Washington said.
Thurston County police said that they have arrested 33-year-old James Leroy Evans, after being accused of raping and killing the 3-year-old dog that belonged to an 8-year-old boy.
Evans was charged with first-degree animal cruelty. He was booked into the Thurston County jail, and his bail was set at $50,000.
According to the police investigation, Diamond was kept as a service dog for an 8-year-old boy. The dog had been living temporarily with Evans, who was a relative of the owner.
Evans offered to watch the dog until the owner found a permanent home that allowed dogs. At some point, the dog was found hanging from a tree.
Evans admitted to raping and killing the dog because it killed his pet lizard. A necropsy showed that the dog had been sexually assaulted before being hanged.
The dog died of asphyxiation.