Baltimore County Police have arrested Jerome Irvin Luedtke Jr. on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals, police said Friday.
Luedtke, 33, is alleged to have killed a small dog by repeatedly striking it in the head with glass bottles on Jan. 13. Police said Luedtke hit the dog, a Chihuahua named Ginger, in the head with two different glass bottles after she bit him in the hand.
A female roommate convinced Luedtke to take Ginger to Pet+ER on Cromwell Bridge Road in Towson. When they arrived at the emergency veterinarian at 6:30 a.m. that day, they offered different stories about how the dog had been injured, police said.
The dog had to be euthanized because it suffered severe head trauma, according to police.
A warrant was issued for Luedtke’s arrest on Jan. 29, but police were unable to locate him until after they appealed to the public in late March. He was arrested Wednesday.