A Dix Hills man has been accused of having sex with a dog that he allegedly stole and later beat with a baseball bat last year, authorities said.

Steven Errante pleaded not guilty at Suffolk County court to charges of animal cruelty, sexual misconduct and petit larceny.

Prosecutors said the 26-year-old stole the Rottweiler-Labrador mix from a fenced-in pen behind a church near his home on Deer Park Avenue in October.

The suspect then allegedly had sex with the dog in December, then brutally beat the dog, which suffered a fractured skull and was euthanized days later.

Judge Barbara Kahn set bail for Errante at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

She also granted a request from the suspect’s attorney, Mary Beth Abbate, that Errante undergo a psychiatric evaluation to determine if he understands the proceedings and can assist in his own defense.


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