NYC Correctional Officer Killed Friend’s Maltese Puppy: Cops

An off-duty correctional officer for the city has been arrested for killing his girlfriend’s Maltese puppy in Queens, authorities say.

Brandon Pearce, 27, entered the home of his 28-year-old girlfriend near 137th Avenue and 157th Street in Springfield Gardens sometime between 5 p.m. on February 24 and early the next morning, police said.

When the woman returned home around 2:30 a.m. on February 25, she found her Maltese dog bleeding from the nose and mouth. The puppy died from his injuries, police said.

Pearce was linked to the crime and was arrested at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, police officers said.

He was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, aggravated animal cruelty and criminal trespassing, police said.

His motive was unclear as of Friday morning.

Brandon Pearce worked as a correctional officer on Rikers Island.

The spokeswoman for the city’s Justice Department confirmed that the agency is investigating the matter.

Pearce is assigned to the Anna M. Cross Center on Rikers Island and has been with the department since December 2016, the spokeswoman said. NYC Correctional Officer Killed Friend’s Maltese Puppy: Cops


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