By Jorge Milian
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
A 70-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly trapped and beat a small dog, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies responded to a Lake Worth laundromat after a witness said he saw Vito Signorelli put the dog inside a luggage carrier attached to a car and then beat it, according to a probable-cause affidavit made public Thursday.
The dog, a 2-year-old Parson Russell terrier-Chihuahua mix named Luna, barked and yelped in pain as it was being struck, the witness told police.
When deputies arrived, they were told that Signorelli was inside the laundromat hiding in a bathroom. Signorelli exited the building and approached the deputies, but refused to answer their questions.
Instead, Signorelli responded by asking, “Why are you yelling at me?” the affidavit said.
Told that he would be arrested if he refused to cooperate, Signorelli again ask why the deputy was yelling at him, then refused to comply as an attempt was made to handcuff him.
“Once the suspect was handcuffed, he continued to yell and call me a sadist,” the arresting deputy wrote in his report.
Signorelli, who has no known address, was taken to JFK Medical Center in Atlantis and then to the Palm Beach County Jail. He faces charges of animal cruelty and resisting arrest without violence and remains jailed in lieu of $1,000 bail.
The dog was taken into custody by Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control.