"Gipper," a rescue dog saved from being put down, was allegedly punched to death by his new owner Brian Perry, who had adopted the animal about two weeks earlier.
The four-year-old Rottweiler ran over to a neighbor's house in New Port Richey, Florida and barked at some other dogs on Saturday night.
Neighbors called police around 10:30 p.m. after they allegedly saw Perry beat Gipper with his bare fists while at their home.
According to police, Perry told officers on Monday that he hit the dog and called some friends to bury the carcass, but refused to tell authorities where Gipper's remains are located.
Perry was charged with cruelty to animals and obstruction of justice, notes WTSP.com.
"These people that adopted this dog from us went through the whole thing. We had excellent vet reports, we had someone visit their home, checking the home. It was approved. And they came with their own dog to meet with us," said Grace Acosta, who runs the Gulfstream Guardian Angels Rottweiler Rescue where Gipper was adopted from.
"In the 30 years that I have been involved with Rottweilers, especially doing rescues, I have never encountered an incident like this."