Man in northern Indiana charged with beating girlfriend and fatally shooting pet donkey

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Olvydas Abromavicius

LA PORTE COUNTY, Ind. – A Michigan man is charged after police in Indiana say he shot and killed his girlfriend’s pet donkey.

Fifty-year-old Olvydas Abromavicius of Union Pier, Michigan, is charged with felony domestic violence animal cruelty and misdemeanor domestic battery. The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana said in a news release that officers responded Sunday evening at a LaPorte home to a domestic disturbance.

A deputy later found the donkey bleeding profusely. Police say the 5-year-old donkey, named Jack, died before a veterinarian could arrive. The donkey suffered a shot in the head near its left eye. Police also said Abromavieius’ girlfriend claimed he battered her.

Abromavieius was initially taken to La Porte Hospital due to a high level on intoxication before being cleared to be booked into the La Porte County Jail. His blood alcohol level was reported to be .30%.

He is scheduled to appear in LaPorte Superior Court Tuesday.

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