A homeless man kicked and beat a dog outside a Tops supermarket on Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls police reported.
A witness told officers he saw the man pick up one of his two pitbulls by its collar, slam it to the ground and kick it twice, according to a city police report.
Joseph K. Leete, 23, was charged with a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. Leete told police the dog was behaving badly and he "was schooling the dog," according to the report.
An officer found Leete and a woman sleeping in tall grass along the west side of the building at 7200 Niagara Falls Blvd. The dogs did not appear injured and were left in the custody of the woman, according to the report.