Man charged after video shows him beating his puppy

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A New York man has been charged with animal cruelty for violently beating his puppy, named Zeus. According to the SPCA of Westchester, police arrested James Lucas III, of Yonkers, for the cruel incident which was captured on video at a parking garage at 8 Buena Vista Avenue, Yonkers.

In a release, the animal welfare agency described the April 12 incident which resulted in Lucas’ arrest:

The SPCA of Westchester’s HLE Unit received a call by the Yonkers Police on April 12th after a pit bull was violently beaten by his owner on the top level of a parking garage at 8 Buena Vista Avenue, Yonkers. A two-minute video recording of the incident shows Lucas violently punching the eight-month-old pit bull mix named Zeus. He was immediately rushed to a local veterinary hospital for medical attention.

Shannon Laukhuf, Executive Director of the SPCA of Westchester, stated:

By some miracle, Zeus didn’t sustain any serious injuries, but this is still a serious and horrific act of animal cruelty. We’re very thankful to those individuals who reported the incident so that the SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement officers could respond quickly, ensuring Zeus’s rescue and the subsequent arrest of his owner.”

If you suspect animal cruelty or neglect, call the Police or the SPCA of Westchester’s Confidential Animal Cruelty Hotline at 914-941-7797.

Zeus has been cared for by the Yonkers Animal Shelter.


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