In Staten Island, New York, a viral video showing a dog being repeatedly beaten, lead to the arrest of the dog’s owner on Saturday night.
According to the SiLive, New Dorp resident, Mark Katchusky has been charged with animal cruelty including torturing, injuring and failing to feed an animal. The disturbing video appeared on Facebook and showed the alleged identified person repeatedly hitting the dog in the face.
As so often happens on social media, angry area residents posted on Facebook they knew where the dog owner lived and had planned to help authorities rescue the dog. New York Bully Crew and Pitbulls and Addicts tracked down the location and rescued the young dog named Mia. She has been turned over to the No More Pain Rescue:
“MIA IS NOW SAFE WITH US!! Thanks to New York Bully Crew and Pitbulls and Addicts, we were all able to come together and help make this rescue an easy one. Mia will never be abused again!!,” the group posted on their Facebook.
Credit for Mia’s rescue has been aimed at the “firestorm” of outrage as the news of Mia’s mistreatment garnered attention on social media. Michael Favor, the founder of Pitbulls and Addicts drove to Katchusky’s home and found the man supposedly out of control and drunk. At some time during the conversation, Katchusky surrendered the dog.
A police report followed. The dog has been taken to a veterinarian to undergo a complete physical exam; after Mia has been returned to the rescue.
It is hoped authorities prosecute the owner and have this serve as an example that animal cruelty will and cannot be tolerated. Many thanks to all of the people involved helping to save an innocent dog from abuse.
(Photos screenshots via NY Bully Crew, No More Pain Rescue and Pitbulls and Addicts)
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