A Virginia man who allegedly tied weights to his dog’s hind legs, has been photographed by a passer-by beating and dragging the canine through the streets. He has now been arrested and charged with animal cruelty.
The picture of the man walking the animal caught the attention of police and resulted in the arrest of 20-year-old Fabian Santiago on Thursday in Manassas, Virginia.
Disturbed by the sight of Santiago pulling the animal along last month, a passer-by took the picture and posted it on social media. The image was shared repeatedly and eventually caught the attention of the authorities.
1. Fabian Santiago was arrested for tying weights to his dog’s hind legs after police saw the below photo gaining attention online.
Speaking to WTTG TV, a spokesman for Manassas City Police said that the woman who shared the photo also called them.
The spokesman said:
The witness told us that she had seen the owner striking the dog with his hand while walking him, he had also ties weights to the dog’s legs.
The dog was on a leash so he was essentially pulling the dog.
The spokesman added that Santiago explained what he was doing, however he would not reveal what his reason was.
But the police spokesman explained that the practice caught in the picture is fairly typical for dogs being trained for dog fighting.
This particular dog, who was not badly hurt, is currently being cared for by Santiago’s family, while the man awaits his court date next month.
2. Disturbed by the sight of Santiago pulling the animal along last month, a passer-by took the picture and posted it on social media.
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