Deltona, FL – A Florida teen is facing an animal cruelty charge for slamming a dog to the ground and repeatedly punching the dog in the face. On Monday, the Volusia Sheriff’s Office, the 17-year-old male was charged after the authorities were contacted by the Deltona Animal Control about a March 14 incident that was captured on a resident’s home security system.
The authorities recounted what the footage revealed, writing:
The video, timestamped the night of March 14, showed the defendant going into a neighbor’s yard on Covington Drive to retrieve his dog after it ran away. He picked up the dog by the neck and carried it back toward his house, where he lifted it in the air and slammed it to the ground. He straddled the dog, began punching it in the face and head again and again, then grabbed its head and slammed it into the ground multiple times. The video footage was accompanied by audio, which recorded the dog yelping during the abuse.
Animal control took custody of the dog, who was transported to a veterinarian for an exam. The results of that exam have not been released publicly.
The police stated that the teenager’s grandmother confirmed that she witnessed the incident and that she told her grandson to stop hurting the dog. The woman claimed that she disciplined the teen.
The teen was taken into custody and transported to the Family Resource Center for processing of his felony charge. Following processing he was released to his grandmother’s custody by the Department of Juvenile Justice.
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