In Gulfport, Mississippi, a viral video of a man seemingly appearing to be beating his dog and captured on video has led to a charge of animal cruelty. Dog owner, Billy Swain however denies beating his dog even though the video may show otherwise.
According to WloxNews, Swain’s defense is that he was disciplining his dog by hitting the seat next to him in the truck.
“It looks bad, really it does, but I didn’t hit my dog,” Swain told news reporters. ‘Me and him live together. He wakes me up every morning in the day light. He throws his feet up and licks me, and we get up and start our day together’.”
According to the surveillance video recorded on Saturday, at the home of Billy Swain’s daughter-in-law, Reaghan Swain, a man identified as Billy Swain can be seen putting his one-year-old dog Albert into the cab of his truck. Reaghan’s 11-year-old son had asked his grandfather to put the dog inside of the truck as the weather had been too cold for Albert to ride in the open back. Billy then is seen walking around to the other side of the truck, opening the door on the driver side and appears to repeatedly beat something inside of the truck. He then gets into the truck and slams an object down – reported to have been a flashlight.
Although the video does not show Billy Swain explicitly beating Albert, the child ran into his home crying telling his mother he thought his grandfather had killed the dog. And that’s when Reaghan called police. A followup visit to Billy Swain’s home shows the dog to be uninjured. The dog has not been removed from the home.
Biloxi Police Department posted on their Facebook page that Billy Swain has been charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. He was released and is scheduled to appear in court on February 6.
(Photos for man denies beating his dog via screenshot Wlox News)