A police sergeant for the city of Austin, Texas, is accused of beating his family’s dog with a long, red stick in front of a child. According to KXAN, the Austin PD sergeant is identified as 47-year-old Christopher Vetrano of Kyle.
The alleged beating caught on video
Vetrano allegedly beat the dog in front of a child in his backyard – a neighbor captured the cruel deed on video and also confronted the man about what he was doing. Court records indicate that Vetrano was screaming at the dog, “bite me, bite me!” and that when questioned about what was happening, he told the neighbor who confronted him that he was “beating” his dog. When the accused man met with the authorities, he told them that he was “disciplining” the dog because she was digging.
The seven-year-old Australian Kelpie was examined by a veterinarian 11 days after the beating – the vet noted that the dog was nervous, had a tense abdomen and a stiff leg. The veterinarian saw no signs of aggression.
Repercussions from the alleged beating
Vetrano, who has been with the department since 2002, was arrested for child endangerment and animal cruelty. He was booked into the Hays County Jail on July 27 and released on bond the next morning. No word on where the dog is at this time.
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