- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

CENTER POINT, Ala. (AP) - Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man suspected of beating a Chihuahua to death.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Randy Christian said Monday that the man was seen earlier in the month beating a small dog with a mop handle. The report to police said the man tossed the dog into a dumpster when it stopped moving and crying.

According to the sheriff’s department, the man told investigators that the dog in the dumpster was his, but he did not know how it got there. He said he left the dog tied to his back porch, but the animal was gone.

Christian said deputies have a warrant charging Marvis Rutledge of Center Point with first-degree animal cruelty.

The Greater Birmingham Humane Society determined the dog died from being beaten.

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