A North Carolina man is facing a felony animal cruelty charge for allegedly torturing and beating a two-month-old puppy to death. As reported by ABC 11 News, the accused puppy killer is identified as 25-year-old Shawnesse Valencia. The Raleigh Police arrest warrant states that Valencia, “”maliciously beat and tortured a black and white female 2-month-old pit bull mix puppy named ‘Onyx’ resulting in her death.”
Valencia allegedly committed the criminal act last Thursday at an apartment complex near North Carolina State University. One resident, who was interviewed by the police, recalled seeing Valencia yelling at and chasing after a puppy who escaped from an apartment on a day prior to the fatal beating. As reported by the news agency, Valencia called the authorities himself to report the deadly situation – he stated that he hit the pup with an “open hand” after she peed in the apartment. He also claimed that she tried to bite him.
Valencia was booked into the Wake County Detention Center on Sunday after he turned himself in – he has already bonded out of jail.
(screenshot of accused man via ABC 11 News)
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