A Royalton man faces one count of animal cruelty after witnesses recorded him beating a 7-month-old Doberman Pinscher puppy.
Jay Kenneth, 33, of Rochester Road was arrested by Niagara County Sheriff's deputies at the request of the Niagara SPCA and immediately transported for arraignment.
SPCA officials said they received a call Wednesday from the sheriff's office about an audio recording, allegedly of Kenneth beating the puppy, whose screams can be heard along with Kenneth's shouts and the sound of repeated strikes with an unidentified object.
Witnesses told a deputy, and later SPCA agents, that they saw Kenneth grab the puppy by the scruff of the neck while the dog was outside, drag it into the house and up a flight of stairs. The deputy noted during his interview with Kenneth that he had a dog bite wound on his hand that is suspected to have occured during the beating.
The deputy also told SPCA officials that the dog appeared to be afraid of its owner and, at one point, tried to hide between the deputy's legs.
The puppy was taken into custody by an SPCA Cruelty Investigator and transported to Companion Care Animal Hospital in Wheatfield, where veterinarians listened to the recording and gave the dog an examination.
The examination revealed the puppy did not suffer significant injuries. It will remain in the custody of the SPCA during court proceedings.
To report suspected animal cruelty in Niagara County, residents are advised to call 731-4368 ext. 302.