NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - A man questioned over the abuse of an 8-week-old pit bull puppy has now been arrested for the alleged abuse of a 6-week-old pit bull puppy.
"Gladys" was 8-weeks-old when she was found injured and dehydrated behind garbage cans in Niagara Falls by two Modern Disposal employees last April.
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At the time, 23-year-old Lee Jones was questioned, as was his girlfriend, but though both acknowledged they had owned Gladys, they claimed to have sold her several days before she was found in the alley off Pine Avenue.
Jones was never charged in Gladys' case, but on Monday, he was arrested and charged with felony aggravated animal cruelty in connection to the abuse of a different puppy.
The Niagara County SPCA says Rural Metro ambulance employee Sarah Zimmerman uncovered the abuse of the 6-week-old pit bull. Zimmerman was treating a patient in a home on 28th Street in the Falls when she heard the yelps of a very small puppy and ran outside with her partner.
Zimmerman says she saw Jones holding the puppy by the scruff of the neck and repeatedly hitting it in the head with a blunt object before dropping the puppy to the ground. The puppy ran and Zimmerman scooped it up, refusing to return it to Jones.
She says she told Jones, "She won't be returned to you until the police arrive. This dog is so young. What could she have done to warrant this abuse?"
Zimmerman says Jones responded that the dog, "needed to be disciplined."
When police arrived, Jones was arrested. Neighbors told authorities they had heard the puppy's cries before, but were afraid of Jones, who has prior arrests for disorderly conduct and domestic violence.
SPCA investigators have named the 6-week-old puppy "Karma."
Executive Director Amy Lewis said, "Karma is very sweet considering all that she has endured. She does show some signs of physical abuse including abrasions to her head and hind legs and urine burns on her belly. She will be placed in foster care with her rescuer, Zimmerman, who has expressed interest in adopting her."
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