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Authorities: Passers-by stop man from killing dog in Miami Beach

Louis Sepulveda
Posted at 5:13 AM, Dec 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-24 06:03:24-05

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A man in South Florida is facing a felony charge after passers-by stopped him from killing a dog, authorities said Monday.

Court records show Louis Sepulveda, 51, is facing a charge of animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill after his arrest Sunday in Miami Beach.

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Witnesses told Miami Beach police officers that Sepulveda was smashing the black Labrador Retriever’s head and neck with the tail gate of a pickup truck.

Passers-by intervened, rescued the dog and detained Sepulveda. Sepulveda's court-appointed attorney didn't respond to an email seeking comment.

Online records showed he was still in jail Monday afternoon.

A black Labrador, named Roy, is recovering at Miami-Dade Animal Services in Doral after he was rescued from abuse in Miami Beach.
A black Labrador, named Roy, is recovering at Miami-Dade Animal Services in Doral after he was rescued from abuse in Miami Beach.
Louis Sepulveda
Louis Sepulveda