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Officers: Man beat dog in head till dead, put it in creek

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A Spartanburg County man has confessed to beating a dog in the head until it died and then putting the body in a creek, according to Environmental Enforcement officers.

EEO officers responded to a complaint of possible animal cruelty at a residence on Smythe Street in the Saxon community of Spartanburg County on Thursday.

Officers later interviewed Jonathon Meldzuk at the Spartanburg County Detention Center and said he provided a written confession in which he admitted taking the 2- to 3-year-old female black Labrador mix into his house and then "violently repeatedly striking the dog's head and then holding the body still until it stopped spasming (sic)."

Meldzuk told the officers that he then "wrapped the body and carried it to a local creek, putting the body in the creek, so that nature could have back that which came from."

The reason he gave was the family "couldn't afford to take care of the animal and it wouldn't leave."

During the investigation, officers said they located items at the house and the creek that collaborated Meldzuk's confession.

Meldzuk was charged with ill treatment of animals.  He is being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

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