Live-in boyfriend holds puppy under running water during domestic dispute

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In Wood River, Illinois, a 22-year-old live-in boyfriend was arrested on Monday for holding a puppy under running water after authorities responded to a disturbance at a Colonial Drive home. Tavian A. Snead has been charged with aggravated animal cruelty and domestic battery.

According to the Tribune Ledger News, a neighbor called police about the disturbance. When officers from the Wood River Police Department arrived, they were told the dispute began when Snead became upset with the small dachshund puppy and held the dog under running water. That led to the domestic battery situation with Snead’s live-in boyfriend.

“Officers observed injuries to the victim, and saw the dog was lethargic,” reported Wood River Police Chief Brad Wells. “The dog was taken to an animal hospital for treatment. Snead was taken into custody at the scene.”

Snead’s bond was set at $40,000. He has since left jail.

The puppy is expected to recover.

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12 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    Again! It takes a BIG MAN to do this to a dachshund puppy. He needs to be out of there and I hope his partner sees this! It will be interesting to see what kind of punishment this POS gets (if anything)!

  2. pennysdachshunds says:

    Well One More INDIVIDUAL who is so Concerned ABOUT HOW HIS LIFE MATTERS::: he WOULD have the AUDACITY to Kill a Little PUPPY to “get even with his Live-In Companion!!! I hope to God that little Dachshund is REMOVED from that House of Torture as most -like the Companion will welcome His Ethnic POS Lover back unconditional so both He and this Helpless little Pup will be a the Mercy of this Asshole!!

  3. Diana Rowell says:

    Take this sub-human maggot, hold HIS head under running water and TWIST his genitals until they come off. His freaking parents probably allowed this piece of crap do whatever he wanted when he pitched a temper tantrum, never made him responsible for anything. Sick of this crap!

  4. Pamela Garlisch says:

    I hope you will give us updates on this since Illinois has some of the strongest animal cruelty laws in the nation! Hopefully he will spend a long time in jail! Glad the puppy will be ok.

  5. Adrienne says:

    What a scum and have no one else to pick on so go after a tiny pup. These cretins never learn and in some cases cruelty toward animals is more prevalent than ever.

  6. Red says:

    Hopefully Karma will take care of this worthless excuse of a human… TOUGH do you have to be to abuse a small, defenseless puppy!?!?!?

  7. Nancy Raymond says:

    Tavian Snead is nothing more than a spineless punk coward who took his anger out on an innocent puppy – such an example of a man – what this loser scumbag deserves is a long session being waterboarded – see how he likes being tortured – he deserves no less. Hope this puppy recovers – and douchebag Snead finds his demise under the wheels of an 18 wheeler – he deserves it.


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