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ST. JAMES CITY, FL -- A St. James City man was arrested accused of killing a dog he adopted from Lee County Domestic Animal Services.

According to animal services, 30-year-old Galen Aune said he killed his dog after it "looked at him funny."

Animal control officers were dispatched two months prior after complaints from witnesses saying they saw Aune abusing the dog.

According to the report, Aune was seen chasing the dog around his neighbor's property. When he finally caught the dog, he picked her up by her ears and threw her.

The abuse was seen a second time a month later, when Aune was seen chasing the dog on his property at 3838 Papaya Street.

Aune was seen punching the dog several times when he got a hold of her.

According to the report, when Aune was approached about the offenses, he told the officer, "Oh, not a problem anymore the dog is dead. I killed it."

When questioned about the reason for killing the dog, Aune replied, "I know pit bulls, they are all about body language. She just looked at me funny and showed bad energy. I had to do something about it, for my health."

When questioned on how the dog was killed Aune stated, "Trauma to the brain, I used a pick axe to the head."

An owner surrender form was completed and he was explained animal services would take possession of the carcass.

According to animal services, Aune had adopted the dog, named Nelly, about eight months prior to the incident. She was a year and nine months old.

Aune was booked into the Lee County jail and charged with animal cruelty.

Initially Aune was charged with a misdemeanor, but because of the severity of the offense, animal services teamed up with the Lee County Sheriff's Office and the State Attorney's Office to raise the charge to a felony.

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