A 24-year-old man has been arrested by St. Paul police for cutting the head off of a 17-year-old girl’s pet dog and leaving it for her in a gift-wrapped box, filled with candy hearts.
The man, who is expected to be arraigned Friday, was being held on suspicion of terrorist threats. Police said he may be charged with animal cruelty.
Police said the man they arrested lived a few blocks from Crystal and may have had a romantic interest in the girl.
The St. Paul police don’t jump to conclusions.Â Yes, of course, this is a terrorist threat, but is it animal cruelty?Â Not so fast.Â Â Let’s get to the facts first.Â Â Did he murder and dismember the dog with a Ginsu knife or a rusty handsaw?Â And let’s not just assume there was a romantic interest.Â There are lots of reasons a young man might kill a teenage girl’s dog andÂ deliver the head in a box filled with Valentine’s Day candy.Â Maybe she turned down Johnny Fontane for a great role?