A Chico, California man has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for allegedly tormenting his husky by throwing her into a dumpster and using a pole to strike the garbage bin. On Monday the Butte County District Attorney’s Office filed the charges against Andrew Aaron Lovato Jr. for the incident that happened on November 8th.
According to the KrcrtvNews, a video captured Lovato dragging a medium sized dog across a parking lot by her collar. He then picks the dog up by the neck and throws her into the dumpster and proceeds to throw garbage, including a television and then using a pole to bang around the outside of the dumpster as the frightened husky was held captive. Several minutes later, the dog was lifted out of the dumpster and dragged back into the apartment.
Two days later, on November 10, the Chico police were made aware of the incident when an employee of the complex turned over the disturbing video showing the abuse to the tormented husky. Investigators questioned Lovato, who admitted he was “disciplining” his dog and trying to scare her, because she had made a mess on the apartment floor. When he tried to rub her nose into the floor, the dog turned around to bite Lavato. The officer did not see any injuries to the dog, but advised Lovato to find a new home for the dog.
On November 25, the tormented husky was found abandoned in Glenn County, where she was impounded by animal control officials. Chico police took the dog into custody the next day. After a veterinarian examination no injuries were found, however the District Attorney’s Office, upon further investigation filed the misdemeanor charge against Lovato based on his “admitted actions which amounted to an illegal ‘torment’ of the dog.”
The dog will remain in the custody of the Chico Police Animal Control pending the outcome of the new charges.
(Photo of tormented husky via Krcrtv video screenshot)
The video can be viewed here.
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