A man from Hauppauge, New York, was charged with animal cruelty after he suffocated his neighbor’s dog to death.

Dominic Primerano was walking his dog, a pit bull named Rex, around his apartment complex when two unleashed canines, a Shih Tzu and a Golden Doodle, starting attacking his pet. While the Shih Tzu’s owner took the dog away, the other canine continued to attack Rex. The Doodle also bit the man on the face and hands as he tried to save his dog.

As Primerano tried to save Rex, Huynh Toquoc, a neighbor, came out and held Rex by his snout, before suffocating the canine. Toquoc was charged with killing the dog and he was cited with an appearance ticket.

"I tried pulling the guy off my dog, but he was locked on to my dog and my dog just died right in front of me," Primerano said.

Primerano and his girlfriend, Elana Greenfield, believe the accused should have received a harsher punishment for killing their pet. Greenfield believes Toquoc killed Rex as he hated pit bulls. She, however, stated that Rex was a kind dog.

"It's going to be hard to live here. Everything reminds me of him,” Primerano said.

In a similar incident in January, a Connecticut man was charged with animal cruelty for killing his neighbor’s pet dog for wandering into his property. Paul Carrier was cutting wood in his backyard when his neighbor’s German entered the property. He then shot the canine with a pellet gun to scare it; however, it punctures the dog’s lung after which the animal went into cardiac arrest. The dog’s owner found it collapsed in the garage and rushed it to the vet where the dog died an hour later. Carrier then bought a new dog for his neighbor and also paid the vet bills.