An Island Lake man was arrested after police say he strangled a woman’s small dog to death and then strangled the woman as she tried to help the dog.
David A. Dally, 55, of the 300 block of Newbury Drive in Island Lake, was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, aggravated domestic battery and two counts of domestic battery.
Dally was arrested Saturday evening after police were called to the man’s home on Newbury Drive in Island Lake.
A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court said that Dally strangled a small dog and killed it.
The complaint said that Dally also strangled a female household member and grabbed her wrist.
Police observed redness around the woman’s neck area and bruising around her wrist, the complaint said.
Island Lake Police Department Sgt. James Gainer told the Northwest Herald that when officers arrived, Dally picked up the small dog, which was dead, and continued to pet the dog as if it was alive.
When officers pointed out the dog was dead, Dally “just threw it back in the bed carelessly,” Gainer said.
Officers learned that Dally had been arguing with the woman when he strangled the dog and threw it against a wall, Gainer said.
Dally then strangled the woman and told her she was “next” as she tried to help the dog, Gainer said, the Northwest Herald reported.
A McHenry County judge ordered the man held in the McHenry County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
A bond hearing is scheduled for Friday afternoon and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for September 10.