Michael Haimes, 29, is charged with sexual conduct with an animal and causing the cruel death, pain and suffering of an animal.
According to a police report, Haimes had sex with the dog on Monday at his residence along the 5300 block of East Leitner Drive.
Following the sex act, Haimes repeatedly stabbed the dog throughout its body and sliced its throat, police said.
On Tuesday, police went to Haimes’ home “due to a mental illness call” and noted the odor of a decomposing body.
Investigators conducted a search in the wooded area south of the home and discovered a blue leash and the white, furry dog nearby, the report said.
When interviewed by detectives, Haimes admitted that the dog was on his bed shortly before the alleged sex act, according to the report.
Afterward, the animal was bleeding and Haimes feared getting caught so he cut the dog’s throat and threw its body in the bushes, police said.
During a first appearance court hearing Wednesday in front of Broward County Judge John “Jay” Hurley, Haimes said he has lived in Broward County for 23 years and is currently unemployed.
Hurley set bond at $50,000 for each of the charges against Haimes and ordered him to wear an ankle monitor and not to have contact with any animals should he make bond and be released from jail.
“The court is concerned with what appears to be absolutely just spontaneous, unforeseen, inappropriate violence to an animal,” Hurley said. “The court lacks confidence in the defendant’s ability to control his own behavior.”
Haimes was also ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.