In San Francisco, animal cruelty investigators have charged the 24-year-old man caught on video fatally kicking a small dog against a wall on Market Street. On Thursday, Nicholas Michael Cornelius was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty.
According to a press release posted by Animal Care and Control of San Francisco, tips called into authorities helped police locate Cornelius. The three-year-old Chihuahua and Jack Russell mix named Puppet died within a day of the incident. The tiny dog suffered a fractured skull and “passed away despite all attempts to save his life.”
“We thank the community for their support,” stated Virginia Donohue, Executive Director of Animal Care and Control. “The community acts as our eyes and ears, and in this case, the information provided to our agency led to an arrest.”
District Attorney George Gascon added to the sentiments of the entire community expressing their gratitude that an alleged animal abuser has been apprehended.
“When some take advantage of their vulnerability, we have a responsibility to hold their offender accountable.”
More news and updates on the National Pet Rescue Facebook page.
Rest in peace Puppet.
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