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Sarasota man arrested for beating boss's dog to death

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Four-year-old Mastiff named "Ashton." Four-year-old Mastiff named "Ashton."
John Olaya sits with his dog Ashton in his daughter's bedroom on March 20. Deputies say Olaya's handyman, who had been homeless, beat Ashton to death this weekend after a small dispute. John Olaya sits with his dog Ashton in his daughter's bedroom on March 20. Deputies say Olaya's handyman, who had been homeless, beat Ashton to death this weekend after a small dispute.
SARASOTA COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office reported that a man was arrested for beating a dog to death and burglarizing two local businesses where the crime occurred.

Authorities say on Sunday morning, the owner arrived at John's Automotive on Snug Harbor Place in Sarasota and called the sheriff's office to report the four-year-old Mastiff named "Ashton" was missing.  Later that day, authorities say, he reviewed video surveillance and saw horrific images of a man beating his dog to death.  When deputies returned, the man identified the suspect as 52-year-old Kevin Koscielniak, an employee who was asked to leave Saturday after causing a disturbance.

The investigation determined that Koscielniak climbed over a barbed wire fence, killed the dog with a tire iron, wrapped the dog in a blanket, cut the fence to Casey's Auto, an adjacent business, dragged the dog onto that property and buried it there.

Authorities say Koscielniak was located by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office and arrested.  He is charged with one count of Cruelty to Animals Resulting in Death, one count of Improper Disposal of Dead Animals, two counts of Burglary, one count of Tampering with Evidence and one count for damaging the fence.  Authorities say he is being held on $7,620 bond.

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