An Ormond Beach, Florida man was sentenced on Wednesday to a year in jail and four years of probation for savagely beating up an 8-pound Cavalier King Charles spaniel and drug charges occurring in May in front of a Palm Springs car dealership. Jason Snead, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of felony animal cruelty, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia as part of a plea deal after he was caught on a surveillance camera in May nearly killing his girlfriend’s three-year-old dog.
According to the Palm Beach Post, Snead will be given credit for the time served in jail, will be ordered to perform 10-hours of community service every month while on probation, donate $1,000 to Palm Beach Animal Care and Control and turn himself in on Monday to begin his jail sentence.
On May 23, 2017, Snead was caught on surveillance video punching the dog named Elizabeth Taylor. The 200 pound 6’5″ man repeatedly rammed her head into his truck. Originally he claimed the dog had been injured when he had to stop suddenly while driving. The disturbing video, however showed Snead kicking, punching and “aggressively swinging” the dog against the inside of his vehicle. An eyewitness told police officers in Palm Springs he thought the dog looked “lifeless” or that it had been a stuffed toy the way it had been hurled around.
In a search of Snead’s vehicle at the time of his arrest, police discovered 0.5 grams of methamphetamine, a glass pipe, multiple syringes and a straw with drug residue.
Elizabeth Taylor sustained a fractured skull and was surrendered to the Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control. She has since recovered and is reported to be doing fine. Authorities have stated they are not willing to return Elizabeth Taylor to her former owner.
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(Photos of 8-pound spaniel and Snead via Facebook and PBCSO)