Steven Errante, 26, of Dix Hills was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail, or $100,000 bond. He plead not guilty to aggravated animal cruelty, sexual misconduct and petit larceny.
(Long Island, NY) A Dix Hills man arrested in December for beating a dog with a baseball bat pleaded not guilty this morning to a three count indictment charging him with the felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty, and two misdemeanors;
1) sexual misconduct – the investigation found the defendant had sex with the animal, and 2) a misdemeanor count of petit larceny for stealing the dog, from a fenced-in pen behind a church near Errante’s home on Deer Park Avenue, a couple of months prior to the assault.
Judge Barbara Kahn unsealed Errante’s indictment.
Errante, 26, was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 cash bail, or $100,000 bond.
The court granted a defense request that the defendant undergo a psychiatric evaluation to ascertain whether Errante is an “Incapacitated person”, specifically a defendant who as a result of mental disease or defect lacks capacity to understand the proceedings against him or to assist in his own defense.
A few days after the December 22nd beating, the Rottweiler-Labrador mix, suffering from a fractured skull, was euthanized.
The defendant is being represented by attorney Mary Beth Abbate, Esq, of Deer Park, NY.
A person is guilty of sexual misconduct ( §130.20 ) when: He or she engages in sexual conduct with an animal. Sexual misconduct is a class A misdemeanor.