Tyler Hastings Berry was arrested after hotel workers found two dead puppies in a room he checked out of (Picture: Austin Police Department)
A man allegedly tortured and killed puppies and dogs in multiple hotel rooms after finding the canines on Facebook. Tyler Hastings Berry, 27, is accused most recently of killing two puppies and discarding their bodies in a trash can in his Hyatt House hotel room.
Hotel cleaners found the dead pups in the bathroom after Berry checked out of the hotel in August 2021, according to a police affidavit obtained by KVUE. Also inside the room in northwest Austin, Texas, were hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia.
An autopsy report stated that the puppies had not eaten for two days before they died.
Police officers recognized Berry’s name from a June incident in which they found a wet, dead puppy in a room at a different hotel after he checked out. Officers who ran Berry’s name found that he had two prior animal cruelty cases.
In one of them, an active warrant was out for Berry in connection with a pit bull found dead in the bathroom of DoubleTree Suites in June 2021. The pit bull appeared to be ‘strangled or partially drowned’ before dying, a veterinarian from the Austin Animal Center said.
‘During those 24-48 hours, the dog would have been slowly dying and experiencing an unimaginable amount of pain and suffering, until its eventual death,’ according to the affidavit.
The suspect’s girlfriend told police officers that he frequently found puppies and dogs from Facebook. ‘But then they would disappear,’ the affidavit states.
‘Berry told her that he gave them away or that they ran away, but that his stories about the dogs was always “fuzzy”,’ cops said.
Berry, who is from Buda, a part of the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos metropolitan area, was arrested earlier this week.
He faces two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to non-livestock animals in the puppies’ deaths and a third-degree felony cruelty to animals charge in the pit bull’s death, according to court records.
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