A man apparently jealous over the attention his girlfriend paid to her dogs instead of him, killed the canines in separate incidents, police in Bucks County said.
Photos show Davis in loving embraces with the dogs but investigators say that he held animosity toward the pups and that jealously fueled him to kill the pets.
A Bucks County judge arraigned Davis Tuesday on two counts of animal cruelty, online court records said.
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Davis’ girlfriend, Jennifer Sherman, told investigators that she left her dogs in the care of Davis on two occasions, Bensalem police said.
On Feb. 5, a family friend found the Sherman's 2-year-old Puggle Sebastian dead on its side on a small rug in the living room at a family member's home in Yardley, its head tilted up, police said. Sherman said she left the dog with Davis -- someone she has known with high school -- while away for the weekend.
After Sebastian's sudden death, the girlfriend got a rescue dog, Leo, investigators said. That dog would die days later.
On March 3, Davis called Sherman to let her know that another dog was unresponsive at her home on Neshaminy Valley Drive in Bensalem, police said. The same family member then found that 4-month-old dog dead in the same position that Sebastian was found in, police said.
Davis didn’t appear upset by the deaths, the girlfriend told investigators.
Initially, Davis denied harming the second dog but a day later, he admitted to killing both pets by suffocating the dogs after slamming the pets onto the ground, police said.
The 23-year-old told investigators he killed the dogs out of jealousy, claiming the pets took away from his relationship with the girlfriend. He submitted a written confession and apologized to Sherman and her family, investigators said.
Davis remained jailed Thursday, unable to post 10 percent of $500,000 bail. It was unclear if he has an attorney able to comment on the case.