Man Killed, Cooked, Ate Puppy: Cops
Cooked ribs on stove, put rest in freezer for later
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2013 4:22 PM CDT
Thomas Huggins   (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)

(Newser) – Warning: Do not read the rest of this story if you've just eaten. A Florida man has been arrested on animal cruelty charges after police say he strangled his mother's pitbull puppy to death, then cooked and consumed the remains. According to Tampa cops, Thomas Elliot Huggins, 25, chopped the dog—named Bandit—into four pieces, and put them in the freezer. Then, come dinner time, he put the ribs in a pot, cooked them, and ate some of the meat, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Hey, we warned you.

His mom, 54, called the police after finding the leftover ribs on the stove later that night, and proceeded to show them the cooked meat, the other dog parts in the freezer, and the dog's head and insides in the trash. Huggins admitted to killing the dog, but said he didn't believe he'd done anything wrong, because the dog was aggressive towards him. Both his mother and sister told police they believe he suffers from mental health problems. Despite this, his mom says she hopes he is released soon. "It was gruesome, yes, but the dog is dead now," she says. "I hate to be so cold, but I do need Thomas around to help me."

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Jul 30, 2013 1:32 AM CDT
A little cold? ugh looks like mom is reaping what she sowed. I believe mom and son are running neck an neck in the IQ race for 65.
Jul 1, 2013 12:35 PM CDT
wonder how momma will feel when she wakes up one night with her little boys hands clenched around her throat !
Jul 1, 2013 4:21 AM CDT
I had a lot of fun on this thread, but one point got lost in all the ridiculous debating over which animals constitute meat and which don't. Pit bulls make EXCELLENT therapy dogs for the disabled if trained properly. They are extraordinarily intelligent and responsive if allowed to bond with one person in a stable environment, but they DO NOT do well in chaotic households with chaotic people. If you love animals and have some time on your hands, please consider fostering a therapy dog, pitbull or otherwise; it could do you, and someone else, a world of good. Public Service Announcement paid for by: Satan.