Burglary is bad enough, but investigators said what happened in Converse was much worse.
Converse police have made two arrests in one of the most vicious cases they can remember. It happened two weeks ago around 4 am.
Investigators said a 76-year old victim woke up and found two burglars in his bedroom.
When the man got up, the burglars ran away, but the man made a heartbreaking discovery.
Police say the man’s small chihuahua had been stomped to death by the burglars.
Converse Police Lt. Robert Avella said “To wake up and almost trip over your lifeless dog. It's not a good feeling."
Avella said the burglars took guns, jewelry, and electronics, but it is the loss of the family’s beloved pet that is the most disturbing.
“He was distraught, obviously. Very emotional. It's not just an animal. It's a family pet,” Avella said.
“Burglaries happen sometimes but not in this kind of fashion,” Avella said. “First time I've seen it. In all of my nineteen years, I have never seen it get to that extreme.”
20-year-old Andrew Jesse King is facing two felony counts, one for burglary and another for animal cruelty.
He remains in the Bexar County Jail.
The arrest affidavit indicates King and the burglary victim live just a few houses apart.
King’s father said he has no plans to help his son make bail.
A 16-year-old is in juvenile custody. He will not see a judge until Monday.
Avella said very little of the stolen property has been recovered.
“Family heirlooms and pets you just can't replace,” Avella said.