The owner of a Havanese dog named Nella has authorities to thank for finding her pup after her roommate abused the small animal. The 10-pound dog was abused and carried by its neck from the residence by 27-year-old Andrea Biondo of Macomb Township, Michigan.

It all started when authorities received word of an animal cruelty complaint. Thanks to surveillance video at the property, Bionda is seen carrying Nella out of the house by her neck. The video also revealed Bionda placing a hammer and backpack into his vehicle.

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Nella’s owner told police she placed Nella into her crate that morning but the dog was missing when she returned home. The pup’s crate was smashed and hair, feces, and blood were discovered around the home.

Police arrested Biondo who was also in possession of suboxone and heroin at the time. Nella was missing for a few days until a neighbor found her in the area. The animal was taken for veterinary care, treated, and given back to her owner. The suspect told investigators the dog ran away from him after he harmed it.

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“This small animal stood no chance against this male and that is where the law steps in,” Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham stated. “Nella, just like so many other pets, are a part of one’s family. This hateful behavior towards any living creature, animal or human, is unacceptable.”

Bionda was arraigned, charged with one count of felony second-degree torturing/killing an animal and two counts of controlled substance possession, given a $20,00 bond, and will return to court soon.

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