Cruelty charges brought after NYC cops say they saved beaten puppy buried alive in a snowbank

A New York City man is facing animal cruelty charges after police say neighbors witnessed him beat his puppy and burry the dog alive in a snowbank.

The Daily News reports Saturday ( ) Raul Cruz was also charged with weapons possession and torturing and not feeding an animal. He was released Friday night on $5,000 bail. Information on his attorney wasn't immediately available.

Sgt. Derek Mercado tells the paper officers responding to neighbors' calls had to dig the whimpering puppy named Hennessy out of a two-foot snow bank.

The 43-year-old Cruz was then arrested.

Court papers show a veterinarian treated the dog for skull, leg, rib and back fractures as well as lost teeth.

The paper says the dog is currently being cared for by the ASPCA.


Information from: Daily News,