BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The SPCA says violent video of a person allegedly beating a dog has led to the arrest of a suspect.
A Buffalo man was arrested Monday afternoon in Black Rock. Video of the crime he's accused of was posted on the internet and it is disturbing to watch.
Gina Browning of the SPCA said, "It's very difficult to watch; I even put off watching it for awhile."
Someone saw it happening Friday night and began to video tape what appears to be a man beating his dog as he walked it in Black Rock. By the next morning, it was posted on YouTube, and the SPCA was called to investigate.
"We had no information other than where the beating took place, and our investigators had a task in front of them, they had to find this person, had to find the dog," said Browning.
By Saturday afternoon, they found dog in Black Rock.
SPCA head veterinarian Helene Chevalier said, "She was suffering from several traumas. She was lame so she was hurting in one of her shoulders. We took some x-rays and started her on treatment."
The black and white medium-sized dog is responding to therapy, and is stabilized. It wasn't until Monday afternoon at about 1:30 p.m. that the SPCA and Buffalo Police found the suspect and charged 32-year-old David Roman, who has addresses in Buffalo, and the Town of Elma. He is charged with a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty.
"It's sad to actually see what people are capable of," said Browning.
David Roman is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday morning in Buffalo City Court. If found guilty he could face up to a year in jail.
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