A man pleaded guilty in the killing and beheading of a dog belonging to a girl who had spurned his affections.
Anthony Gomez, 24, admitted in court Tuesday that he watched another man shoot the dog, then encouraged the man to behead the animal, a 4-year-old Australian shepherd mix named Chevy.
Three weeks after the dog disappeared in February, its severed head was sent in a package to its owner, 17-year-old Crystal Brown. Brown's family said that she had rejected Gomez's advances and that they believed he had the dog killed out of spite.
Gomez pleaded guilty to terroristic threats and is to be sentenced in November to 21 months.
After the story became known, Brown received letters of condolence, pictures of pets, dog toys and treats, gift cards, and checks from as far away as Australia.