A 25-year-old Florida man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty on Thursday for allegedly killing his family’s dog, then cooking it and eating it.
The Tampa Tribune reported on Friday that authorities picked up Thomas Huggins after being alerted by his his mother, Margie Huggins, that she had found the dog’s ribs inside a pot. She later showed officers more of the dog’s remains in the freezer, along with the dog’s head and innards, which were in a trash can.
Thomas Huggins told authorities he choked the dog to death Thursday morning after it behaved aggressively toward him, then skinned and gutted it and stored the remains to eat later. Huggins’ sister, Monica Huggins, told police that in recent years he said “the Lord” had issued certain commands to him.
A neighbor, Frances Morris, told WTVT-TV she saw the suspect behaving strangely while talking to police.
“They were asking him what was going on through his mind,” Morris explained to the station. “He just stood up there and smiled at the police.”
Margie Huggins said her son failed to graduate from college in Oklahoma before moving back in with her, and that they both suffered from mental illnesses.
“I don’t understand it. I’ve never been violent like that,” she said to the Tribune. “I grew up in the church, in fear of Jesus Christ and the wrath that will be put on you. He doesn’t feel that.”
Thomas Huggins was held on $2,000 bail in Hillsborough County jail.
Watch WTVT’s report on the case, aired Friday, below.