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Man accused of strangling, chopping up, cooking puppy

By Joe Sutton, CNN
June 30, 2013 -- Updated 1627 GMT (0027 HKT)
Thomas Elliot Huggins of Tampa is accused of animal cruelty.
Thomas Elliot Huggins of Tampa is accused of animal cruelty.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Police say Thomas Elliot Huggins strangled and cut up a puppy
  • When police arrived, they found the dog's ribs cooking on the stove

(CNN) -- A Florida man is accused of strangling a family puppy, chopping it into pieces and cooking its ribs on the stove, Tampa police said.

Thomas Elliot Huggins, 25, was arrested Thursday after a family member called police.

"When officers arrived, they found the dog's ribs cooked in a pot on the stove," Tampa police said. "The dog's head was in the garbage."

Huggins had strangled the 5- to 6-month-old puppy and chopped it into quarters, storing pieces in the freezer for future meals, authorities said.

He was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty. Animal control officials took the remains of the puppy.

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