Oklahoma man charged with choking and beating his dog

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In Oklahoma City, a dog owner is facing animal cruelty charges for choking and beating his dog in what witnesses have called a horrifying case of cruelty. One woman, on her way home from work, videoed the abuse on her cellphone and was able to turn the disturbing video over to police as evidence.

According to KforNews, Lyle Benavides, 40, was seen dragging a dog with a choke collar and subsequently repeatedly hitting the animal and lifting it off the ground by its collar. He then “slammed it to the concrete several times.” Another witness told police, Benavides punched the dog, named Zephyr, with his closed fist in the face, neck and head.

Oklahoma City Police Officer Megan Morgan responded to the call and found the dog, whose injuries were consistent with what the witnesses reported. When Officer Morgan approached the dog, he cowered down in fear. Benavides told the officer he and his dog had been out for a run when the dog wouldn’t keep up, and so he pulled his dog along.


The dog was transferred to the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare where he has been treated for his injuries and despite being afraid, is expected to make a full recovery.

Benavides faces two counts of animal cruelty. He has not surrendered the dog, but if convicted the dog will be made available for adoption.

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15 replies
  1. Mary Ann Clark says:

    How could any society with even an ounce of compassion and justice ever give him that poor abused dog back? Shame on our entire so-called justice system!

  2. Lee says:

    If this is how he treats the dog in public, imagine how it must suffer when at home. WTH is wrong with people? Not only should the dog be removed, this man should never be able to have or be around any animal.

  3. Adrienne says:

    They should have taken the dog away from him or are the police going to wait until the next time when he actually succeeds in killing this scared dog. Police need to go back and get that dog now.

  4. Nancy Raymond says:

    If this piss poor excuse for a man, Lyle Benavides, ever gets Zephyr back then there is something seriously wrong with the judicial system in Oklahoma – he should be sitting in jail where some large predatory inmates can use, abuse, intimidate and make his lousy ass a victim. His punk white butt should be made the ‘bitch’ of the whole cellblock. Zephyr needs and belongs in a safe loving home which this punk surely never gave him. Anyone who treats an animal so cruelly is nothing more than a spineless coward who would be running to “Mommy” if confronted by someone who was not afraid to take him on. I hope he finds that someone in jail.

  5. pennysdachshunds says:

    NOT surrendered this poor dog… Hell the authorities that ALLED this Poor Little Guy to stay with this Putrid Bastard should be dragged a mile behind a Semi-Truck!!! that poor little guy will be dead by the time this case goes to court!!! OMG OKLAHOLMA is Far too Close to TEXASS where our companion animals Rank less an a “Cockroach” to the Shelter Administrators , State “Elected ” Officials , Local Law Enforcement , and most Certainly More than 1/2 the population!!!!!!

  6. Red says:

    Put his name on a National Registry so that he may NEVER own, adopt, purchase or live in a home with a pet!!!!

  7. J. Martin says:

    The dog can’t keep up so you beat it??? Fucking prick!!!!! You need your head caved in with a crowbar

  8. Melissa Gurley says:

    Evil disgusting man I hope you rot in jail do not give that dog back to him he’s so mad now he will kill the dog

  9. Pamela Garlisch says:

    People in Oklahoma really need to make some noise about this! They are the ones that are paying for these officers! And their justice system sucks too! A bunch of spineless weasels.

  10. susispot says:

    Not a “man”. He’s a thug and animal abuser. Jail and fine his ass and get the dog into a safe and loving home. The dog deserves better.


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