A Bradenton man facing charges after deputies say he stabbed his 3-year-old pit bull to death remains in custody after a judge raised his bonds on Friday.
Joshua Cox, 19, was charged with aggravated animal cruelty and possession of marijuana Thursday night. He is being held on custody at the Manatee County jail.
Cox appeared before a judge on Friday afternoon, and Assistant State Attorney Lisa Chittaro argued that his bonds should be raised higher than the preset $2,000.
He was ordered held on bonds totaling $10,500, and as of 6:30 p.m. Saturday he remained in custody. Should Cox post bail, he was ordered to have no care, control, custody, possession or intentional contact with domestic animals.
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“He stated he could not bring himself to take the dog to the pound and where he’s from when it’s time to put a dog down, he just shoots them. But being in the city limit, he could not shoot it,” a deputy wrote in his arrest report.
Cox used a kitchen knife to stab his dog three or four times, he reportedly told deputies.