Witnesses say man was beating his dog at Hesperia Dam.

June 17, 2019

Witnesses say man was beating his dog at Hesperia Dam.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HESPERIA – A 45-year-old Muskegon man was arrested by Oceana County sheriff’s deputies Friday, June 14, after witnesses say they saw him beating his dog, according to Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast.

The man, whose name is not being released pending arraignment, is charged with animal cruelty. He was lodged in the Oceana County Jail.

The hound dog that was allegedly beaten and a pit bull were seized by deputies and turned over to Oceana County Animal Control where they are being cared for, Mast said.

Witnesses told police they observed the suspect repeatedly punching the hound dog, dragging it by its collar and then throwing it into the back of his pickup truck. They said that they heard the dog “yelping and screaming.” The witnesses said they observed the man punch the dog more than 10 times. They told police they thought it was dead.

When interviewed by deputies, the suspect said his dog was “defying” him and admitted to shaking the dog’s head.

The alleged incident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. near the boardwalk of the Hesperia Dam, which is a popular fishing spot.

The man, who posted 10 percent of a $3,500 bond, is scheduled for arraignment in 78th District Court June 27.

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