A 45-year-old Cheboygan, Michigan man was arrested on Wednesday night and charged with animal cruelty. According to police, Thomas Distasio beat and kicked 4-month-old puppy, Maggie before throwing the defenseless puppy across the room against a freezer, reports UpNorthAlive.
According to an eyewitness, who called the Cheboygan Department of Public Safety on Sunday, Distasio was angry at the Beagle puppy because she had been getting into the trash. Authorities also report a three-year-old child was in the home at the time who witnessed the violent attack on the puppy.
“That’s some pretty severe anger issues to do this to a defenseless animal; especially hurting a small defensive animal that’s only a few months old is extremely severe,” state Kurt Jones, Cheyboygan Director of Public Safety.”
Authorities rushed the tiny dog to an emergency veterinarian clinic where Maggie struggled to breathe. Because of her egregious injuries and severe trauma, Maggie died soon after from respiratory failure.
Distasio is reported to have a long criminal history and is being treated as a habitual offender. His bond has been set at $100,000. If found guilty, he faces a maximum prison sentence of four years.
(Photo kicked 4-month-old puppy via Channel9News)
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