Police Charge Silver Spring Man with Aggravated Animal Cruelty
Montgomery County police have arrested Alec Eugene Taylor, age 27, of the 13800 block of Castle Boulevard in Silver Spring, for intentionally and cruelly killing a seven-month-old puppy. Police said Taylor is being charged with aggravated animal cruelty and abuse or neglect of an animal.
Here’s a police account of what happened:
“On February 28, at approximately 11:10 a.m., Montgomery County police officers and animal services officers were called to a residence in the 13800 block of Castle Boulevard in Silver Spring. The complainant, Taylor’s girlfriend, stated that Taylor had beaten and killed their seven-month-old Jack Russell Terrier named Rocko.
“Investigation has revealed that on February 26 at approximately 4:30 p.m., the complainant received a text from Taylor stating that the dog, Rocko, had defecated on the carpet and that Taylor had killed the dog; Taylor also texted a photograph of what appeared to be a lifeless dog. In a follow-up phone call between the complainant and Taylor, Taylor said that he was tired of cleaning up the dog’s defecation and that he had beaten the dog with a mop. He also said that he had placed the deceased dog in a dumpster in the parking lot. The complainant asked Taylor if he could remove Rocko from the dumpster so that she could bury the dog. At approximately 6:30 p.m. that evening, the complainant returned home from work, retrieved the deceased dog from a shoebox on the apartment balcony, and buried the dog at a neighborhood park in Hyattsville.
“Animal Services Officers located and recovered the dog and a necropsy was performed. The necropsy results have identified the likely immediate cause of death as acute hemorrhagic shock likely due to blood loss from liver damage caused by blunt force trauma shortly before death. During the investigation, Animal Services Division officers also spoke with Taylor. He stated that he used a mop to force Rocko from behind the dryer and then used his hands to choke Rocko until he was dead.”
Police said Taylor turned himself into officers on March 5 and was transported to the Central Processing Unit. He is being charged with aggravated animal cruelty (a felony) and abuse or neglect of an animal. There is no bond information at this time.