Suspect in videotaped York dog beating surrenders

Written by Ted Czech/York Daily Record | Dec 22, 2015 8:06 AM

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A York man sought for allegedly beating a dog turned himself in to the York County Sheriff's Office Monday.

(York) -- A York man charged with cruelty to animals -- for allegedly punching and repeatedly whipping a dog -- turned himself in to the York County Sheriff's Office on Monday morning, the office stated.

Luis Junior Cruz-Padro, 28, of the first block of South Street, had a warrant out for his arrest. He faces a first-degree misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals, according to online court records.

Monday, Cruz-Padro had been arraigned and was still being held at Central Booking, although his release on $15,000 unsecured bail was imminent, according to the sheriff's office.

Several days after the alleged Dec. 12 beating, two videos of the incident surfaced on Facebook, prompting public outrage and triggering an investigation by the York County SPCA and York City Police.

The videos show what appears to be a man choking, beating and whipping a white male pit bull, named Bugz, in a backyard in the first block of East South Street, York. Another young female pit bull, Willa, is also seen in the videos.

On Dec. 14, SPCA Officer Nicole Lawrence, York City Animal Control Officer Mark McCartney and a York City Police officer arrived at the home and took custody of the two dogs, according to SPCA Executive Director Melissa Smith.

Prior to their arrival, a group of people, who apparently had watched the video on Facebook, gathered at the home and somehow took custody of Bugz, Smith said.

An X-ray found that Bugz suffered a broken rib and bruising in the area where he was shown in the video being struck, Smith said.

The charge is punishable by a $1,000 fine or not more than two years in jail, or both. This incident was the first time abuse toward Bugz was reported to the York County SPCA, and Cruz-Padro does not have previous charges from the organization, Smith has said.

This article comes to us through a partnership between York Daily Record and WITF.

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