A man has pleaded guilty to killing his girlfriend’s dog and then beating her with it, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s office.

Emmanuel Alfredo Tadeo, 28, on Thursday, Aug. 9, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Animal Cruelty (felony), Animal Cruelty (misdemeanor) and Battery.

The DA’s office reported that Fulton County Superior Court Judge Shawn LaGrua accepted Tadeo’s plea but postponed sentencing him so he could undergo a psychological evaluation.

According to the DA, Tadeo is looking at a maximum of 20 years in prison on the Aggravated Assault Charge and a maximum of five years in prison on the felony Animal Cruelty charge.

Here is the DA’s account of the May 19 incident that led to the charges against Tadeo:

The incident happened on May 19, 2012 at the victim’s Roswell Road Apartment complex in Sandy Springs. Defendant Tadeo, upset about a phone call he had just received, turned his anger on his girlfriend with whom he had history of abusing. The woman was kicked and beaten while she cowered on the floor. Tadeo also kicked and stomped the woman’s pet dog ‘Murphy’ when it rushed to its owner’s defense and at one point picked the dog up and flung it across the room. The woman begged Tadeo to allow her to take the injured dog to the veterinarian for treatment. Defendant Tadeo instead took the dog outside and broke its neck. He returned to the apartment with the dead animal and told his girlfriend that he had put the dog “out of its misery” so that he no longer needed treatment. Tadeo then began to beat the woman with the dead dog. The victim eventually left the house and reported the attack to police. In jail conversations played before the court, Tadeo can be heard telling the victim to get on her knees and apologize for reporting him to police.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of Decaturish.com