According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, 20-year-old University of Central Florida student Luke Stribling has been arrested and charged with two counts of felony animal cruelty for maliciously beating his 17-month-old puppy.
In the arrest affidavit released by the sheriff’s office, Stribling was made known to police after his Shiba Inu puppy named Julian was brought to the East Orlando Animal Hospital on June 12 after he brought the dog to a vet for an emergency situation. Stribling told doctors at the hospital that Julian had fallen down a flight of stairs and had trouble walking.
Suspicious of Stribling’s behavior, doctors secretly took a full body MRI scan and found several other fractures all over Julian’s tiny body. They also found the dog to be nervous in Stribling’s presence indicating signs of abuse. This was enough for doctors to call authorities and report a case of abuse. Unfortunately, there was not enough evidence to seize Julian and so he was released back into Stribling’s custody.
Only two weeks later on June 26, Animal Services acting on an anonymous tip, arrived back to Stribling’s home to follow up on a claim of animal abuse, where they tragically discovered Julian dead. Police were called and Stribling was taken into custody and charged with two counts of animal neglect and cruelty after he admitted to kicking, and beating Julian for “peeing on the floor.”
Stribling was released after he made a $1,500 dollar bond, and was ordered by a judge at his arraignment to stay away from all animals until his case is fully adjudicated. If convicted of all charges, Stribling could face a $256 fine, and a maximum of 5 years in prison.
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