A 31-year-old New Smyrna Beach man was arrest after Volusia County Sheriff's deputies said he stomped on an opossum, eventually decapitating the animal with an axe.
Alan McCarty was charged with a felony count of animal cruelty. Early Thursday morning deputies discovered the decapitated opossum along with blood stains and a bloody axe outside the McClarty's home.
Initially, deputies didn't know anything about the dead animal. They were responding to a disturbance after the Sheriff's Office received a 911 call from the residence. While the caller didn't say anything to the dispatcher, she could be heard arguing with a man. When deputies arrived, they were told that McCarty had killed an opossum in an especially cruel way.
According to a witness, McCarty stuck the opossum in the dog kennel with their pet dog -- apparently hoping to spark an animal fight. When the animals didn't engage, McCarty got angry and stomped on the opossum. He then let the wounded animal out of the cage so the dog could attack it. But when the dog wouldn't kill the opossum, McCarty decided to do it himself -- striking it with an axe several times until its head was torn away from its body. When deputies arrived, the head and body were about 10 feet apart.
McCarty was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach on $1,000 bond.