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Michael Fromme made this picture when he bought the miniature schnauzer two weeks ago Michael Fromme made this picture when he bought the miniature schnauzer two weeks ago
Patrick Bruce (Source: Dougherty County Jail) Patrick Bruce (Source: Dougherty County Jail)
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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany man killed his roommate's puppy by hanging it with cable TV wire.  Police had to Tase the man when he fought them as they arrested him.

Despite the horrific cruelty, the dog owner says his roommate needs mental help, not jail time.

Michael Fromme says he just bought the 8-week-old miniature schnauzer two weeks ago, and says his roommate's killing the dog shows how serious his mental problems are. Now he is calling on authorities to get him the help he needs.

41-year-old Patrick Bruce is charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal for killing her. But Xena's owner says Bruce loved the puppy and should not be thought of as some monster.

Fromme said "He loves animals more than anyone I know. But he needs help so bad."

Fromme returned to his apartment on School Street late Monday, and found Bruce standing under the dog, hanging from the apartment loft. Fromme took the dog to Police. When Officers tried to arrest the 6-foot-2, 220 pound suspect, he fought them and officers Tased him.

Fromme said he had been trying to help Bruce get mental help for two years, even taking Bruce's journals to Doctors to show his decline. "We have been trying to get him help but every time he goes into the crisis care center, they keep him overnight and release him."

Fromme said Bruce's mental issues were getting worse as he refused to take his medicine, so he bought the puppy.

 "I was hoping it would give him something to care for. To help get his routine going, and help him get on a path to recovery," Fromme said.

Fromme said he can't be sure why Bruce hanged his puppy, but he is asking officials to give him mental help rather than just jail time.

Fromme has been roommates and friends with Bruce for two years, and tried to help him. But now Fromme says he is frightened of him, and hopes he gets the help he needs.

Bruce is being held without bond in the Dougherty County Jail and could face a five year prison sentence if convicted.

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