Man Beats Family Dog to Death with Flashlight – Tries to Hide Remains
BROOKSVILLE – According the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 10:48 p.m., deputies responded to 7331 High Corner Road in reference to the beating death of the family’s pet dachshund.
Deputies spoke to the dachshund’s owner, Thomas Niederhelman, who advised his son, 23-year-old Justin Niederhelman, admitted to repeatedly striking the dachshund in the head with a flashlight. The 7-year-old dachshund eventually succumbed to its injuries.
Thomas Niederhelman told deputies that Justin attempted to hide the dog’s body by wrapping it in a blanket and hiding it in a bag of dog food. He then placed the bag outside.
During questioning, Justin Niederhelman denied being at the residence; however, Mary Niederhelman, confirmed her son had been at the residence earlier in the day.
Justin Niederhelman was previously arrested on 07-21-15 in reference to a felony domestic violence case involving his father. As a condition of his pre-trial release Justin was not to have contact with Thomas Niederhelman.
Justin Niederhelman is charged with one count of Animal Cruelty in addition to Violation of his Pre-Trial Release. Niederhelman remains behind bars at the Hernando County Jail – held without bond.
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