Police in South Bend, Indiana, have arrested a man who is accused of beating his dog with a hammer. According to the South Bend Police Department, the dog suffered severe injuries which resulted in euthanasia.
The department issued a release about the cruelty incident on Thursday, explaining what a witness reported:
SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY: Around 1:40pm today, our officers were called to the 200 block of E Altgeld in reference to the caller seeing someone beating a dog with a hammer and burying it in the snow.
When Sgt. Riddle and Officer Hof responded to the call and immediately found the dog and dug him out of the snow. The authorities detailed what happened next, and outlined the arrest and charge:
Officer Hof rushed the dog to a local animal clinic while Sgt. Riddle began tracking down the suspect. John Hill was arrested for Cruelty to an Animal, a Level 6 Felony, and booked into the St. Joseph County Jail.
The authorities commented on the emotional toll this case involved:
This was an extremely difficult and emotional situation for all the officers involved, but it was also great police work. Thank you, Officer Hof, for getting this poor dog to the vet as quickly as possible and thank you Sgt. Riddle for making sure we got the person suspected in this heinous act.
The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office is currently reviewing the case for formal charges.
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