Woman Drowned Own Chihuahua in Pool, Live-Streamed Dead Body: Sheriff

Florida officials say a woman drowned her own pet in a swimming pool before live-streaming the dead body, after a roommate handed in CCTV footage of the incident.

Erica Black, 32, has been charged with animal cruelty by the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, but was already held in jail with a $150,000 bond for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Sheriff Wayne Ivy described the video as "the most horrific thing I've ever seen in my life" in a social media clip in which he walked Black into Brevard County jail.

Handed in by her roommate, the footage showed Black stepping into the pool, carrying her Chihuahua in her arms. She then knelt down and held the dog under the water, while it visibly struggled.

Ivy did not show the second half of the video, but alleged that she went on to let the body float in the pool and film it, before slamming in on the deck four times. Brevard County Sheriff's Office alleges that Black left the dog's body on the sofa for four days and then live-streamed the corpse on social media.

Black has had a further $15,000 added to her bond by the judge, explained Sheriff Ivy in the social media post.

"If I hear she has as much as a pet rock, I will lose my crap, because this woman doesn't deserve to have anything. She deserves to rot in jail," he said.

In Florida, animal cruelty in which someone "intentionally commits an act to any animal, or a person who owns or has the custody or control of any animal and fails to act, which results in the cruel death, or excessive or repeated infliction of unnecessary pain or suffering" is a felony of the third degree.

Sheriff Ivy described Black as the "most despicable excuse for a human being."

To report animal abuse in Brevard County, citizens can call 321-633-2024.

The Brevard County Sheriff's Office has long made its stance on animal abuse clear. Late last year Newsweek reported on a similar video shared by Sheriff Ivy, in which he walked a woman who allegedly stabbed her own dog into the jail.

"This is absolutely disgusting. She is being arrested for aggravated animal abuse, animal cruelty. Sadly her bond is only $2,000 and I promise you that I am going to work with our legislators to make sure this changes," he said in the video.

Newsweek has contacted Brevard County Sheriff's Office for comment.