- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City man is facing animal cruelty charges after police say neighbors witnessed him beat his puppy and bury the dog alive in a snowbank.

The Daily News reports Saturday (https://nydn.us/1vkn2EY ) Raul Cruz was also charged with weapons possession and torturing and not feeding an animal. He was released Friday night on $5,000 bail. Information on his attorney wasn’t immediately available.

Sgt. Derek Mercado tells the paper officers responding to neighbors’ calls had to dig the whimpering puppy named Hennessy out of a two-foot snow bank.

The 43-year-old Cruz was then arrested.

Court papers show a veterinarian treated the dog for skull, leg, rib and back fractures as well as lost teeth.

The paper says the dog is currently being cared for by the ASPCA.

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Information from: Daily News, https://www.nydailynews.com

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