A 27-year-old Texas man was arrested this week for allegedly killing multiple dogs at several different hotels in the Austin area. Tyler Hastings Berry was arrested on Monday and charged with third degree cruelty to animals, Court records Reviewed by Law & Crime show.
Berry is also facing a add four misdemeanorsincluding two counts of animal cruelty, according to public records.
In an interview with investigators, Elizabeth MastersBerry’s girlfriend allegedly said he “regularly receives new dogs and dogs from Facebook,” but that “the dogs would then disappear,” police wrote in documents obtained by Law & Crime. Masters allegedly added that Berry’s explanations of what happened to the dogs were “always “fuzzy”.”
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by KVUE, Pflugerville Police Department officers on the afternoon of June 28, 2021 responded to a 911 call about a dead bull in the bathroom at the DoubleTree Suites located on West 15th Street. The animal’s carcass was found by the hotel’s cleaning team.
Hotel staff informed police that Berry had been in the room where the dog was found and had just checked out earlier that day. The dog’s remains were examined by a veterinarian at the Austin Animal Center (ACC). The veterinarian determined that the animal was likely “strangled or partially drowned” approximately “24-48 hours prior to death,” the affidavit states.
“During those 24-48 hours, the dog will slowly languish and experience an unimaginable amount of pain and suffering, until his death,” the affidavit continued.
In an alarming turn of events, the incident at DoubleTree is believed to be neither the first nor the last time dead dogs are believed to be found in the hotel rooms where Berry has been staying.
The affidavit said that officers recognized Berry’s name from a June 5, 2021 incident at a downtown Austin hotel, where officers told police they found a “puppy.” died wet” in Berry’s room after he checked out. However, Berry was never charged in the incident, as no officers were dispatched to the scene due to “disturbation in the 311/911 system,” according to the affidavit. Police said the puppy’s remains were eventually discarded by hotel staff.
Two additional misdemeanor charges stem from a third incident that took place in August 2021. Theo a probable cause affidavitAustin Police Department officers on August 2 responded to a 911 call about a puppy and hypodermic needle found in a room at the Hyatt House located in the 10000 block of the North Capital of Texas Highway.
The hotel manager told police that Berry checked in on July 30 and checked out on the morning of August 2. Hours later, cleaning crews found the puppy, which police said only 6 to 12 weeks old, in the bathroom.
According to the affidavit, police “found the dead puppy on top of a full trashcan in the bathroom.” Noting that the puppy was “apparently dead,” police said the circumstances were “virtually identical” to the June 28 case at DoubleTree. The puppy’s body was taken to the ACC for autopsy.
Even more disturbing, police returned to the hotel the next day after staff found “another dead puppy in that same room”. It is also about six to 12 weeks old.
“After the first puppy was found and taken away, hotel staff did not clean the room until the next day,” the affidavit read. “When emptying the same trash can where the first puppy was found, a second dead puppy was found buried at the bottom of the trash can. This dog is also a puppy and is brown with white spots. “
An autopsy determined that both puppies were severely emaciated and had not eaten for at least two to three days. One of the puppies died from “excessive parasitic infection and inadmissibility (nutrient deficiency),” the affidavit reads. The other is likely to have pneumonia and emphysema and has signs of “suffocation or drowning.”
Police arrested Berry on August 8, 2021 when he tried to check out the same DoubleTree where the dead dogs were found and staff called 911. While officers arrested him for the charges unrelated, when asked about his dogs, Berry allegedly said they all “definitely died of parvo.”
Court records show he is scheduled to appear at a bond hearing on March 18.
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