Alleged dog beater charged with cruelty
A man was charged with animal cruelty after two people allegedly saw him strike and kick his pit bull in the West End early last week.Richard Webb will face a charge of cruelty to animals in municipal court on Dec. 8. A community safety officer was dispatched to the 200 block of East Hallam at 11 a.m. on Nov. 8 after the witnesses allegedly reported a white man in his 20s yelling at and hitting a dog, according to a police report.A witness told a police officer that she saw a man yelling at his pit bull, and that the dog ran under a small pickup truck that was in the area. She said the man dragged the dog out from under the truck where it was cowering, kicked and punched at it and then threw the dog into the truck bed, which was full of tools.The second witness said earlier in the day he saw the man trying to catch the dog under the truck, and after getting the dog out from under the vehicle he hit the dog with what looked like a stick or a window scraper. The witness said the dog went to the front of the truck bed, and the man continued to strike the dog through a window.This witness described the incident as a beating and told police he was upset by the event.The police report says Webb was found at the Red Brick School doing tile work.Webb told police that the pit bull is a 2-year-old female named Tonka, and that the dog broke out of the back of the truck, cracking a Plexiglass window in the process. Webb said he was mad about the window, and dragged Tonka out from under the truck and used his foot to keep her in place until he could throw her in the back of his truck.The report says that Webb said he hit her with his hand but “just to get his point across” and that he was just disciplining her, since he’d never hurt her.”It wasn’t a beating – I know because my dad used to kick me down the hallway,” he reportedly told police. “It wasn’t like that.”Webb told police that he hit Tonka with a cardboard shim. Police examined the dog and didn’t see any injuries on her, and said she appeared to run well. A friend of Webb’s said he also watched the incident occur, and said that Webb wasn’t trying to hurt Tonka – he swatted her on the butt and threw her in the back of the truck.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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