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Police: Staten Island Man Kills Wife's 2-Month-Old Chihuahua

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. (CBSNewYork)-- A Staten Island man was indicted Wednesday for killing his wife's 2-month-old Chihuahua, police said.

Jerry Moore, 38, faces charges including felony aggravated cruelty to animals.

Between March 12 and March 24, Moore squeezed his hands around 2-pound Bambi's throat and neck, making it difficult for the animal to breath, police said. Moore is also accused of hurling Bambi against wall. Bambi was left in the care of Moore on March 24 when he called his wife to say something was wrong with the dog. When Moore's wife got back home, she found Bambi crying and unable to move, police said.

Bambi was taken to Bay Street Animal Hospital where she was treated for traumatic brain injury and euthanized two days later due to severe injuries.

"Cruelty shown to animals is unacceptable. My office will continue to seek justice for our most vulnerable, including those victims who have no voice – our animals," District Attorney Michael E. McMahon said in a press release.

An necropsy determined the cause of death was traumatic brain injury as a result of blunt force trauma.

Moore was ordered to stay away from his wife throughout the investigation and violated the order on multiple occasions, police said.

He entered a plea of not guilty and remains held on $50,000 bail.

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