Man accused of killing uncle's dog with a shovel

A man from Boynton Beach is accused of beating his uncle's dog to death with a shovel.

Christopher Eloshway, 34, is facing charges of animal cruelty and unlawful disposal of a dead animal.

The investigation began in September when deputies with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office went to a domestic dispute call on NW 15th Way in unincorporated Boynton Beach.

A man claimed Eloshway, his nephew, beat his dog to death. According to the arrest report, a neighbor told investigators Eloshway asked to borrow a shovel to kill his uncle's dog. The neighbor said he believed Eloshway was joking, but then saw him swing the shovel like a golf club to hit the dog. The dog yelped as Eloshway hit it a few more times. The neighbor said Eloshway picked up the dog by its collar, put it in a milk crate on his bicycle and rode away.

According to the sheriff's office, the dog's owner found the animal floating in a canal the next day.

Eloshway is due in court Tuesday morning.