Man wanted for torturing, killing puppies in Petersburg surrenders

Published: Mar. 7, 2017 at 8:13 PM EST|Updated: Apr. 13, 2017 at 4:21 PM EDT
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PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - A man accused of killing puppies in Petersburg last year turned himself in on Monday.

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Police say 26-year-old Brandon Gillie mutilated three puppies last spring.

"He had cut them in multiple places, stabbed them. He then tried to glue the wounds shut, tried to glue their mouths shut and had them ingest certain substances that would cause them extreme pain," Petersburg Police Detective Thomas Ewers said in January.

Ewers said the torturing was a "process."

"We're not talking about a couple minutes of torturing; we're talking about hours and hours of him methodically torturing these animals," said Ewers.

Investigators were initially tipped off to the crime by Gillie's girlfriend.

"I'd say there is probably a mental health issue. They had just gotten the puppies a few weeks prior," said Ewers.

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