Cops: Man killed sister’s dog, hid in attic

What led a 22-year-old Port St. Lucie man to kill his sister’s dog with a pair of scissors remains unclear while police continue their investigation.

What is known is that Don Ulwazi Spencer, 22, of the 5300 block of NW Aloha St., in the Torino community, was arrested in late May on an animal cruelty charge after he told officers that he had stabbed his sister’s dog to death with scissors.

Spencer had been found hiding in the house’s attic when police arrived following a request for a welfare check. A family member had requested the welfare check, Master Sgt. Frank Sabol told St. Lucie Voice. He did not identify who the family member was.

Not immediately finding Spencer, police noticed blood on the garage floor and damage to the garage ceiling. Police entered the attic and discovered Spencer, who was hiding under a box, authorities said.

Spencer told officers what he had done and they found the dead dog in a black plastic bag in a garbage can, according to police. He also told them he also had planned on burning down the house – his sister’s house. Investigators located several “incendiary looking” devices in a bedroom, which prompted calls for service to St. Lucie Fire and to the bomb squad. The agencies successfully retrieved and removed the devices.

Sabol said the agency suspects the devices would have been able to cause significant fire damage to the house.

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