In Viera, Florida, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office announced they have arrested the man caught on video brutally swinging a small dog by its leash and slamming it to the floor of a boarding facility.
Joseph Pendergrass, 19, an employee of the Barkingham Palace, located in Rockledge; was seen on video abusing the small Shih Tzu, named Lily earlier this week.
According to the Facebook page of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office; Sheriff Wayne Ivey, stated in his message that the cruel incident was one the “most despicable acts of cruelty” he had ever seen.
The owners of the facility had no idea Pendergrass had been abusing the dog until they found the dog crying and in pain. When brought to the veterinarian’s office for treatment on Monday, staff discovered the dog’s leg was broken.
It wasn’t until they checked their surveillance videos that the boarding facility owners witnessed the egregious abuse on Sunday. Staff at the facility immediately notified the Sheriff’s Office Monday.
“Now, Mr. Pendergrass, I’ve told everyone before that if you hurt an animal in Brevard County, you’re going straight to jail,”; Sheriff Ivey stated in his Facebook video. This isn’t the first time the pet friendly and dog loving sheriff has come to the aid of an abused or neglected pets.
The disturbing footage begins by with Pendergrass walking into the video view with the dog’s leash trailing behind him.
He then swings the small dog by its leash into the air with his left arm before slamming it onto the concrete floor. Then he is seen violently dragging the dog and lifting it into the air by its leash a second time. Pendergrass then kicks the dog before moving it through a door to a different part of the facility.
Lily is expected to make a full recovery.
(Photos of small dog swinging by its leash courtesy of Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.)
The video can be viewed here. Parts of the video are very disturbing and may not be suitable for all viewing audiences: