HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - - Damien Malfara is only 19-years-old, but he like many, has had some tough times over the years.
His best friend, "Bella" was always there for him, and moving forward without her is not going to be easy.
"How much she enjoyed being outside," said Malfara.
He knows first-hand that "A dog is man's best friend" is not a punchline.
"I lost my best friend, and close family member to me," said Malfara. "A couple times over the past few days when I was in bed i would turn where she normally is but she was not there."
Swatara Township Police told Malfara that his one-time, close friend 19-year-old Christopher Roberts of Elizabethville broke into his home last week, took Bella, and killed her.
She was found a mile away with her throat slit, and she died in an animal hospital.
"I think she liked him a lot and I think she liked him because she knew he was in pain," said Malfara.
Damien says he ended his friendship with Roberts about a year ago, but he did try and reconnect.
"Apparently, he wanted revenge," said Malfara.
Malfara says Roberts told police why he killed Bella, but Damien didn't want to talk about it.
Because of Libre's Law, police were able to charge Roberts with a felony charge instead of a misdemeanor.
"There was no excuse for this horrible crime and we would like to acknowledge swatara township police department for for taking animal cruelty crimes seriously," said Kristen Tullo, Humane Society of the United States."Which really sends a message that there is no room for animal cruelty in the commonwealth."
Bella was by Damien's side for six years. Damien is not sure if he will ever be able to forgive Christopher Roberts.
"This is too much he hurt more than just me," said Malfara.