COLLEGE STATION – Police arrested a man they say badly beat a 10-pound puppy with his belt.
Officers responded on March 27 to an apartment complex on Dartmouth after a neighbor reported yelling and banging along with the sounds of a dog crying like it was “being tortured.”
When officers arrived, they met with Shakayla Munson and her fiancé, Keannon Harper. They say Munson initially lied to them, claiming she and Harper do not have a dog. But she later admitted it was in the bathroom.
Officers found fecal matter on the floor of the bathroom, blood smears on the floor and wall, and a belt with blood on it. According to the probable cause statement, the dog was “unable to lift its head to even recognize the new person entering the room.”
Harper told police he “disciplined” the puppy. Munson said Harper hit the puppy about 20 times with a belt because it had torn up the house and eaten her cable box.
Animal Control took the 10-pound shepherd mix to the Texas A&M Veterinary School to be treated for shock due to blood loss, bruises, cuts to its tongue and ears, and corneal ulcerations.
Harper was arrested May 29 and charged with animal cruelty. He was released on a $10,000 bond.
The dog is recovering well. She was adopted by a vet at the clinic.