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A dog owner has been arrested after being spotted carrying his dead pooch around by the neck for 'one last walk', according to reports.
William Rose, 40, told police officers his animal had died from depression after they arrived at his home in San Antonio, Texas, US.
He was arrested over the incident on Monday, despite the episode taking place in August.
Neighbours called 911 after Rose told them he wanted to walk his dog 'one last time' after it had died.
One witness saw what they thought was wire wrapped around the animal's neck, while another spotted him putting the pet on a makeshift shrine behind his apartment, it is claimed.
Police found ligature marks around the dog's neck and an autopsy a month later concluded the animal may have been strangled to death.
Rose said he wanted to take his pet for 'one last walk'
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In September, when Rose was in prison over a separate offence he gave officers a different account of his dog's death, My San Antonio reports.
He claimed an apartment security guard told him to put his pooch on a leash while he was out on a walk.
The accused said he did not have a lead so decided to hold his dog by its collar, lifting the animal's front paws off the ground.
According to his account, he only realised the pet was struggling to breathe at the end of the 20-minute walk, KSAT-TV reports.
He then left his apartment and found the animal was dead when he returned, Rose told police.
He added that he planned to take the pooch on one last walk before throwing it in the dumpster.
Rose has now been charged with cruelty to non-livestock animals and a $25,000 bond has been set.