A Warren, Ohio man was videoed allegedly beating his nine-month-old Newfoundland puppy repeatedly with a closed-fist. James Shaeffer, 64, was arrested on Wednesday and remains behind bars after authorities charged the dog owner with animal cruelty and aggravated menacing.
According to Wkbn27News, Shaeffer’s roommate, Nick Chronister witnessed and videoed the puppy, named Finley’s abuse. The video initially showed the puppy backing away from Shaeffer and growling as the man approached – as if the dog knew what was going to happen.
“Really? You want to get mad?,” Shaeffer yells to the pup as he gets closer. And then, with a closed-fist, he strikes the puppy on top of her head with blunt force. “I’ll kill you right now,” he yelled.
“Really? You want to bark at me. You want to bite at me? Really?,” Shaeffer continues in the video. “I will kill you right now B….! Get out of my mother’s f…… house. OK? I’m done,” and then with one hand the puppy’s abuser grabs the puppy’s chin, pulls it upward and slaps at Finley’s face.
Chronister recalls Finley always trying to hide behind his legs and would cower as Shaeffer approached.
Finley was routinely left in a small cage where she would lie in her own waste. Chronister only stayed with Shaeffer for three weeks, videoed the abuse and sent the proof to his father who notified the Warren Police Department. Finley is safe with the Animal Welfare League. Chronister hopes to adopt the dog after the case is over.
Shaeffer remains in jail in lieu of $12,500. Once he is able to bond out, the judge has ordered him to stay away from all animals.
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(Photos of Shaeffer and Newfoundland puppy via WfmjNews)
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