WOODBURY - A man from Dix Hills is facing disturbing new charges after being accused of beating a dog so badly that it had be euthanized.
Steven Errante, 26, is facing charges of aggravated cruelty to animals, petit larceny and sexual misconduct. Prosecutors say the misconduct charge stems from an investigation that revealed Errante had sex with the dog before he beat it with a baseball bat back in December.
The petit larceny charge was added because Errante allegedly stole the dog from a fenced-in pen behind a church near Errante's home on Deer Park Avenue, prosecutors say.
As News 12 Long Island has reported, the Rottweiler-Labrador mix had to be euthanized. It had suffered several serious injuries, including a fractured skull.
Errante has been ordered held on $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond. The court granted a request by his defense that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation.