Man accused of beating dog to death

NY man arrested for strangling, beating dog so badly she had to be euthanized

A man in Levittown, New York, is accused of a heinous act of animal cruelty against his dog. According to Wednesday’s CBS News, witnesses observed 56-year-old Michael Gallagher repeatedly bludgeoning his senior German shepherd mix with a shovel in December – those who observed the beating confronted the man, and claim that he showed no emotion before fleeing the scene.

Gallagher is accused of first attempting to strangle the dog with zip ties before putting her into a trash bag and beating her again and again with a shovel. The 11-year-old dog, named “Bella,” was so grievously wounded that the veterinarian decided that humane euthanasia was the only option to end her suffering.

Gallagher is facing a multitude of charges for the cruel incident, including aggravated cruelty to animals, overdriving and failure to provide proper sustenance, among other related charges; he has pleaded not guilty and is due back in court in March.

According to the New York Daily News, Gallagher, a plumber for New York City schools, was reported to be drunk when the beating took place.

(Photo screenshot via CBS)

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44 replies
    • Teresa muse says:

      Horrid, evil, wretched excuse for humanity. Hoping he will experience the hell he deserves. And that the precious GS is leaping happily in peace.

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    • Thomas wagner says:

      AND WHAT’S BEING DONE ABOUT IT!?THIS LOUSY NO GOOD EXCUSE OF A HUMAN NEEDS TO BE BEAT TO DEATH! !HE NEEDS TO BE BEAT WITH A SHOVEL!!TO THE BRINK OF DEATH!!HOW MY GOD,DO YOU LET THESE EVIL ROTTON HUMANS DO THIS!!??THE POOR ANIMALS ARE THE VICTOMS HERE!!AND THEY WOULD NEVER!!DO TO PEOPLE LIKE PEOPLE ARE DOING TO THEM!!DO TO THESE HORRIBLE PEOPLE!!THE SAME DARE WAY!!THEY DO TO HELPLESS ANIMALS!!

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  1. Roselyne CORNETTE says:

    Se fils de pute doit être attrapé et battu jusqu’à ce qu’il crève, pas de pitié pour les assassins.
    Repose en paix belle âme.

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  2. Red says:

    HE WORKS FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT!?!?!?! Holy crap!! He should be fired, thrown in jail for MINIMUM of 5 years and owe $100,000 fine. M I N I M U M!!

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  3. resqdogz says:

    “Witnesses… observed [him] REPEATEDLY bludgeoning”???? WTF PREVENTED THESE PEOPLE FROM INTERVENING… BEFORE IT WAS TOO LATE????

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    • Julie Enos says:

      Thats exactly what I was thinking. They said witnesses confronted him. When? After the dog was beaten to death. So many people watch and do nothing. Murdered the poor dog while people stood and watched. Yes, putting the dog to sleep was the most humane way to put him out of pain. Stupid ass humans now days have no conscience, this dog was probably being torchered long before his last day on earth. I hope this man suffers a horrible death. RIP Doggie

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  4. Barkley's Mom says:

    Yes appeared to be “drunk” that’s the excuse of a lot of these monsters. Please get him out of the School District and into prison where he belongs. That poor dog didn’t deserve this and he deserves to pay for killing her! One thing though, if this happened in December why is he only now being arrested and charged?

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    • Brenda says:

      It is a sad world we live in children being abused and molested by their parents women being abused by men and helpless animals subjected to horrific abuse at the hands of evil people these beings don’t deserve our compassion I personally hope you rot in hell where you and all others like you belong????????????????????????

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  5. Debbie Dearmore says:

    Beat the shot out of that old bastard till he dies. I hope he got fired from his job. I would not want him to be around any children he might decide it was fun and start beating the children. Think about it and you decide

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  6. Ellen says:

    I hope he gets fired from his job!!
    Why do these horrible acts of cruelty
    keep happening??
    We all need to do our part in helping
    to strengthen the laws!!

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  7. Kathleen Drude says:

    This was witnessed by people who didn’t step
    In to stop this thing from beating this poor dog! What the hell is wrong with these people? If you see someone committing a violent act against an animal step in and stop it! This is not dufficult!

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  8. Joy Lisi says:

    You sickening piece of scum. You need the same thing you did to that precious dog done to you and I will be there to help. But then when you are put away the fellas in prison will take very good care of you. Lol

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  9. Nancy Raymond says:

    Another useless waste of flesh and blood who deserves to be eliminated from ever taking another breath. I hope you are in jail and being abused, raped, beaten daily by the inmates who like taking advantage of the weaker and beating an innocent animal to death proves your are a friggin’ coward who deserves all the abuse you get.

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  10. willie hines says:

    I heard he works for the school board and they allow him to work with small children are you serious,I think they need to check his back ground and alert the parents of that school they have the right to know about his behavior befor something happens to their children , Than its too late we go to the blame game. This type of sick person is capable of anything.

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  11. Gran Fran Miller says:

    Nasty POS should be tied up and beaten with a shovel. Hope he spends some quality time in jail for his crimes. Bastard.

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  12. Sherry says:

    Another twisted freak blaming the alcohol. Come on; let’s call a psycho ; a psycho loser piece of shit. Evil isn’t being handled properly in courts with animal cruelty cases; but one day, they will have to answer to a power bigger than the courts. Hope the poor Bella can rest in peace now.

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  13. Kat says:

    My hope is that he will be caged the rest of his days. Im sure prison is a worse punishment than death. His maker or karma will take care of him.

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  14. Alison Blair says:

    I doubt this horrible horrible man will ever read this but I would like to say to him that I don’t know how you could ever justify your actions! Maybe one day when you are sober you will reflect upon what you have done but I doubt that either event will occur ie you being sober or ever regretting your actions! Your dog suffered enormously and continued to do so until being PTS as a result of your actions. I despise you and consider you to be a worthless individual.

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  15. Jennifer says:

    This repulsive,ugly POS dog murderer must be exterminated enabling a slow and painful death.I am ready,willing and able to help enact this required procedure.This bastard must be used as fertilizer!! OH YES!!!!!

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