Burglary Suspect Accused of Stabbing Dog at Hialeah Home

"I saw a spiritual vision that there was going to be a bad spirit there," Genaro Lastra-Moreno told a judge Friday

A burglary suspect stabbed a dog to death in the backyard of a Hialeah home, police said.

Genaro Lastra-Moreno, 39, was arrested early Friday on charges including armed burglary, animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill, and resisting an officer, according to an arrest report.

The report said officers responded to a home in the 3400 block of E. 9th Lane shortly after midnight after receiving a call of a man in the backyard who was killing a dog.

Officers found Lastra-Moreno in the backyard with knife in his hand, the report said. He dropped the knife and tried to flee but was taken into custody after kicking at officers and refusing to get on the ground, according to the report.

"Necessary force was used to take the subject into custody," the report said.

The dog was discovered severely injured and bleeding from multiple wounds, and had a cord wrapped tightly around its neck, the report said. The dog's owner confirmed it died from its injuries.

"This is all false, I have witnesses that I came into that property," Lastra-Moreno told a judge through an interpreter in court Friday. "I saw a spiritual vision that there was going to be a bad spirit there."

"The court will order a psychological evaluation," Judge Victoria Sigler replied.

The owner said their dog, Dicky, was protecting them when he was stabbed to death.

Just before the incident, the suspect was seen with a brick in his hand in the backyard of a home in the 800 block of E. 37th Street, but was scared away by a resident, the report said.

Lastra-Moreno was ordered held without bond Friday. Attorney information wasn't available.

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