In Boca Raton, Florida, a teen who used social media Snapchat to post photos of a 4-month-old puppy he killed has been sentenced to a month in jail, a year on house arrest and two years on probation. On Thursday, attorneys for both sides and the judge reached a plea agreement for Kevin Braganca, 19, which also includes he will never be able to own a pet again and probation officers will have the right to make unannounced visits to his home to make sure there are no animals living with him.
According to the Palm Beach Post, defense attorney Douglas Rudman also agreed that his client will undergo a psychological evaluation within a month of his release from jail and will be required to complete any mandated treatments.
Nearly one year ago, Braganca lived with his girlfriend and two dogs – one having been the puppy Tank who died. Maintenance workers heard and witnessed someone from the apartments located at Arbor Oaks beating a puppy and then dragging the defenseless animal back to his apartment. After a call to the sheriff’s office, deputies traced the animal abuse to Braganca who told authorities the puppy had died at the veterinarian’s office.
When asked why he beat the dog, Braganca stated he “spanked” the dog on his backside for urinating in the apartment. When Tank began to foam at the mouth, Braganca took the dog to the vet and claimed he didn’t know why the dog died. A veterinarian said the dog bled to death internally from a lacerated liver, had bruises on his head and two broken teeth; all consistent with having been beaten.
Most responsible pet owners know puppies urinate on the floor until they are trained. Most responsible people clean up the floor and continue house training techniques. Braganca beat an innocent puppy to death for “peeing on the floor.”
Rest in peace Tank.
(Photos of Braganca and 4-month-old puppy screenshots )
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