UCF student beat puppy to death, deputies say

ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) —A University of Central Florida student charged with animal cruelty walked out of jail Friday night.

Luke Stribling, 20, is accused of punching and beating his own dog until it died.

WESH 2 News confronted Stribling minutes after he bonded out of jail.

“I am very remorseful, but I have no other comments,” Stribling said to WESH 2 News.

Deputies said Stribling abused his dog twice over the summer, first breaking its paw, then beating it to death.

“From the statement provided to us by the suspect, the dog, it was a 17-month-old puppy. It urinated on the floor and the defendant lost his temper and proceeded to punch and strike the dog multiple times,” said Sgt. Al Giardiello, of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies said after the beating, Stribling took the dog to an emergency animal clinic.

Veterinarians there pronounced the puppy dead.

It took months for the investigation to be completed since the Sheriff’s Office needed necropsy results. Deputies said they had no doubt that the dog’s death was intentional.

Deputies said Stribling confessed twice to the abuse.

“It’s been proven that cases of animal cruelty can lead to further crimes involving human beings, and any crime involving an animal, we take very seriously, because the  animal can’t come forward and make a complaint. So we have to be the advocates for those animals,” Giardiello said.

Before the investigation was completed and charges were brought, Stribling was ordered by a judge to complete a class in responsible pet ownership.

If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.


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