A suspect believed to be at the center of a home intrusion and animal cruelty case has been arrested, according to police.

  • Markell Sawyer, 19, has been arrested
  • He's been charged with felony cruelty to animals and armed burglary
  • Police believe he stabbed and left for dead a 2 year old Yorkie

The Palm Bay Police Department arrested Markell Brent Sawyer in connection with the July 24 attack on a 2-year-old Yorkshire Terrier named Jasper.

During the burglary, police say the dog was stabbed with scissors and left for dead.

"We take all crime serious," said Lt. Mike Bandish during a statement, "but this was very shocking."

Property from the home was reportedly found in Sawyer's possession after Palm Bay's Juvenile Task Force did a juvenile check.

Sawyer, 19, was charged with armed burglary of a dwelling and felony cruelty to animals.

He is being held at the Brevard County Jail without bond.