Man charged with breaking into ex’s home, torturing dog goes on trial

Man charged with breaking into ex’s home, torturing dog goes on trial

Man charged with breaking into ex’s home, torturing dog goes on trial

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by Associated Press

KREM.com

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 8:47 AM

ST. CHARLES, Mo. -- A jury trial is underway for a suburban St. Louis man accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home and injuring her Italian greyhound so badly that the dog had to be euthanized.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 37-year-old Charles Zidek of Chesterfield is charged with burglary and animal abuse.

Authorities say Zidek entered the home of a St. Charles woman in October 2011 and repeatedly threw the dog, Vinny, against a wall. DNA evidence from blood at the scene allegedly matched Zidek’s DNA, and a neighbor saw Zidek’s truck in the driveway that afternoon.

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