A South Florida man is facing multiple charges after authorities say he strangled a cat belonging to his ex-girlfriend's mother in South Miami.
Eric Henry Medero, 25, is charged with animal cruelty, burglary, stalking and criminal mischief following his arrest Thursday, according to a Miami-Dade Police report.
Medero was being held without bond Friday, jail records showed. It was unknown if he's hired an attorney.
According to the report, Medero broke into the home by prying a door open with a crow bar. The victim, who was at work, saw the man inside her home using a security camera and called police.
When officers arrived at the home they saw Medero leave through the front door. He ran away but was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit, the report said.
Officers searched the home and found the cat strangled to death in the room of the woman's daughter. Medero had scratches on both of his forearms "consistent with being clawed by a cat," the report said.
The woman told officers her daughter had an injunction against Medero for "dating violence," the report said.