Dog found decapitated, man arrested

Posted at 11:40 AM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 19:43:30-05

Detectives with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office are investigating an extreme case of animal cruelty.

Deputies arrested Javier Orelly on Tuesday afternoon on animal cruelty and possession of marijuana charges.

According to the probable cause affidavit, an anonymous caller tipped off deputies that Orelly was allegedly abusing his dog by kicking it and throwing it around his apartment on January 14.

The caller said that there was a makeshift shrine in the front of the apartment and believed that Orella was going to kill the dog.

When deputies arrived, they saw Orelly digging a grave in front of his apartment off West Trail Road in unincorporated West Palm Beach.

Deputies say they found a large black dog's body without a head in the grave.

Next to the grave, deputies say, was the dog's head on top of two rocks.

According to PBSO, there were two large knives next to the head, a medieval ax and some money on top of a red towel.

Deputies say there was also a carving found near the grave with the word "tortura" carved out in large letters.

"Tortura" means "torture" in English.

Orelly originally told deputies that the dog had bitten him, but then changed his story and told them the dog looked at him weird so he stabbed it in the neck.

Orelly told deputies he tried to cut the dog's head off, but had a difficult time doing it, so he got a medieval weapon.

The 28-year old also told deputies he sacrificed a duck, which deputies found next to the dog.

According to deputies, Orelly said he was "stressed out and needed to sacrifice animals to cleanse himself."

Orelly is facing two counts of animal cruelty along with a possession of marijuana charge.

On Wednesday, a judge ordered Orelly to have a mental health evaluation and return to court on Friday.