An Oakland Park man has been charged with cruelty to animals after Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives determined that he sexually assaulted his roommate’s small dog.

When 40-year-old Tomas Bautista’s roommate came home Thursday evening, he found Bautista drunk and told him to go to bed. Bautista told his roommate, Clemente Velasquez, that he was going outside instead. Velasquez’s dog, a Chihuahua mix named Mimi, followed Bautista outside. A little while later, Velasquez heard Mimi yelp, so he grabbed a flashlight and ran into the back yard. He saw his dog running from Bautista and found Bautista passed out with his pants down. Mimi was bleeding, so Velasquez notified authorities and took the dog to the Coral Springs Animal Hospital for treatment.

Bautista later told detectives he used his finger to penetrate the dog. He was charged with cruelty to animals, a third-degree felony.

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