A Texas man is accused of murdering dogs and puppies in a hotel and inflicting ‘unimaginable amounts of pain and suffering’ on the animals while they were ‘slowly dying’.
This week, a 27-year-old Texas man was arrested on suspicion of killing many pets at several different hotels in the Austin area. Tyler Hastings Berry was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal animal cruelty on Monday, according to court records examined by Law & Crime.
Berry is also being charged with four more misdemeanors, including two instances of cruelty to non-livestock animals, according to public records.
Elizabeth Masters, Berry’s girlfriend, allegedly told detectives that he would “often obtain new dogs and puppies through Facebook,” but “the dogs would then vanish,” police stated in documents obtained by Law & Crime. Berry’s explanations for what happened to the pets were supposedly “always ‘hazy,'” according to Masters.
According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by KVUE, Pflugerville Police Department officers responded to a 911 report regarding a deceased pit bull in a bathroom at the DoubleTree Suites on West 15th Street on the afternoon of June 28, 2021. According to reports, the hotel’s housekeeping staff discovered the animal’s body.
According to reports, hotel staff informed authorities that Berry was staying in the room where the dog was discovered and had checked out earlier that day. At the Austin Animal Center, the remains of the dog were examined by a veterinarian (ACC). According to the affidavit, the veterinarian determined that the cat was either strangled or partially drowned roughly “24-48 hours prior to its death.”
“Throughout that 24-48 hours, the dog would have been slowly dying and enduring an indescribable amount of pain and suffering,” the affidavit added.
In a frightening twist, the event at the DoubleTree was not the first or last time that dead dogs were allegedly discovered in hotel rooms where Berry was staying.
According to the affidavit, detectives recognised Berry’s name from an incident on June 5, 2021, at a central Austin hotel, where personnel reported finding a “wet deceased puppy” in Berry’s room after he checked out. Berry, however, was never charged in the incident because no cops were summoned to the area owing to “a mix-up in the 311/911 system,” according to the affidavit. According to police, the hotel workers eventually disposed of the puppy’s remains.
Two further misdemeanor cruelty allegations relate from an August 2021 incident. According to a probable cause affidavit, officers with the Austin Police Department responded to a 911 call on Aug. 2 regarding the discovery of a puppy and hypodermic needles inside a room at the Hyatt House in the 10000 block of North Capital of Texas Highway.
Berry checked into the hotel room on July 30 and checked out the following morning, according to the hotel management. A few hours later, the cleaning crew discovered the puppy in the bathroom, which authorities estimated was between six and twelve weeks old.
The affidavit states that cops discovered the deceased puppy “on top of a full trashcan in the restroom.” Noting that the puppy was “obviously deceased,” police stated the circumstances were “nearly identical” to the DoubleTree incident on June 28. A necropsy was performed on the puppy’s body at ACC.
Even more unsettling, authorities returned the next day to the hotel after staff discovered “another deceased puppy in that same room.” Additionally, it was between the ages of six and twelve weeks.
“After the first puppy was discovered and removed, hotel workers did not clean the room until the next day,” according to the affidavit. “While emptying the trashcan in which the first puppy was discovered, a second deceased puppy was discovered buried in the trashcan’s bottom. This dog, like the previous one, was a puppy, brown with white spots.”
Both puppies were critically underweight and had not fed in at least two to three days, according to a necropsy. According to the affidavit, one of the puppies died of “overwhelming parasite infestation and inanition (lack of nutrition).” The other was very certainly suffering from pneumonia and emphysema and exhibited signs of “suffocation or drowning.”
Berry was apprehended by police on Aug. 8, 2021, after attempting to check into the same DoubleTree where the deceased puppies were discovered and workers phoned 911. When cops arrested Berry on unrelated crimes, he allegedly stated that all of his dogs “must have died of parvo.”
He is expected to appear in court on March 18 for a bond review hearing.