Outrage Grows Over Videos Showing Man Beating Dog During Pops Concert
SAN ANGELO, TX — Some residents are upset over what they believe is cruelty to a shepherd dog seen at the pops concert at the San Angelo RiverStage Wednesday evening. A video of the treatment of the dog is making its rounds on social media.
In a pair of videos posted on Facebook, Naomi Carrasco posted with the video that, “This is a sorry excuse of a dog owner.” She believed the dog should be taken away from him.
In the videos, the man is seen dragging the dog by a collar leash. In the second video, the man is seen lying next to the dog while beating the dog on its head.
Carrasco claimed she had confronted the man a year ago about his cruel treatment of the dog even back then.
“When I stopped and talked to him, he was rude and cruel and told me I didn’t have any business butting in. I should have reported him then,” she wrote in a comment under the videos on Facebook.
According to the City of San Angelo Code, or the City Ordinances, cruelty to animals is defined as, “tortured, seriously overworked, unreasonably abandoned, unreasonably deprived of necessary food, water, care, or shelter, cruelly confined, or caused to fight with another animal.” (Section 3.07.001)
If reported and the animal services director agrees the treatment is cruel, the director can apply at the municipal court for a warrant to seize the animal. A hearing in court is required within 10 days of the warrant being issued. At the hearing, the court determines if the treatment was cruel while the owner of the animal may offer his or her defense.
If the court determines the animal was treated cruelly, the City’s animal services department can auction the dog, give the dog to an animal rescue organization, or euthanize the dog.
If the dog is sold at auction, the proceeds of the sale reimburse the animal shelter. If the dog sells for more than the expenses of the dog’s impounding, the owner receives the excess amount.
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