Burglary Suspect Accused of Stabbing Dog at Hialeah Home

A burglary suspect left a dog severely injured after he stabbed the pet in the backyard of a Hialeah home, police said.

Genaro Lastra-Moreno, 39, was arrested early Friday on charges including armed burglary, animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill, resisting an officer, according to an arrest report.

The report said officers responded to a home in the 3400 block of E. 9th Lane shortly after midnight after receiving a call of a man in the backyard who was killing a dog.

Officers found Lastra-Moreno in the backyard with knife in his hand, the report said. He dropped the knife and tried to flee but was taken into custody after kicking at officers and refusing to get on the ground, according to the report.

“Necessary force was used to take the subject into custody,” the report said.

The dog was discovered severely injured and bleeding from multiple wounds, and had a cord wrapped tightly around its neck, the report said. The report didn’t say if the dog survived.

Just before the incident, the suspect was seen with a brick in his hand in the backyard of a home in the 800 block of E. 37th Street, but was scared away by a resident, the report said.

Lastra-Moreno was being held without bond Friday, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn’t available.