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MELBOURNE — A man in Florida has been charged with the manslaughter of his dog after the dog died in the living room of a home he rented in Coral Gables.
Daniel Vickers, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his black Lab, Boomer, who died in March 2016 after living in the home for more than a year.
According to a criminal complaint, Vickers allegedly killed Boomer after he was “faking an illness, trying to escape the household, or attempting to escape from his mother and his dog, who were in the same bedroom.”
In a Facebook post, police said Vickers “was trying to avoid the responsibility of taking care of the deceased.”
The victim’s family says the family was living in a two-bedroom home when Boomer died.
Vickers, of Coral Springs, Florida, is being held in the Broward County Jail on $25,000 bond.