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Staten Island man accused of torturing wife’s puppy to death

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Bambi had to be euthanized due to the extent of her injuries. (DCPI)

Bambi had to be euthanized due to the extent of her injuries. (DCPI)

NEW BRIGHTON, Staten Island — A Staten Island man accused of fatally brutalizing his wife’s puppy has been indicted on a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals.

Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon says that, on different occasions, Jerry Moore choked the 2-pound Chihuahua, named Bambi, and threw her against a wall inside of a home in the New Brighton section of the borough.

“Cruelty show to animals is unacceptable. My office will continue to seek justice for our most vulnerable, including those victims who have no voice – our animals,” said District Attorney Michael E. McMahon.

The prosecutor says the defendant’s wife came home and found 2-month-old Bambi crying and unable to move on March 24. Due to the severity of her injuries, Bambi had to be euthanized on March 26.

A necropsy determined she suffered from a traumatic brain injury.

The indictment says Bambi was killed in an “especially depraved and sadistic manner.”

McMahon says the defendant’s wife had an order of protection at the time. Moore reportedly violated this order on multiple occasions.

Moore has pleaded not guilty. A message left with his attorney wasn’t immediately returned.

He is being held on $50,000.

The Associated Press and PIX11 digital producer Alyssa Zauderer contributed to this report.