WOODLAWN, Ohio — A man has been arrested after striking a dog with a shovel. The dog was severely injured and the attack was caught on video.
The attack happened Thursday in a Woodlawn neighborhood. According to police, the video shows 42-year-old Tianthony Wagner approach two dogs who are fenced in their owners backyard.
Wagner leaves and retrieves a shovel from the carport and begins swinging at the dogs. One of the dogs runs to the other side of the yard, while a chihuahua, named Pablo stands near the fence.
Wagner continues to swing, and strikes Pablo causing severe injuries to the small dog. The video later shows Pablo on the ground, not moving.
“It made me physically ill. He has a severe brain injury.” Michelle Marcis with Proud Pups Rescue said about the video. The group is taking care of the dog, after the owner needed their help.
“They had to see a video of their dog getting beat in their own backyard,” Marcis said. “I think they had a lot of trouble processing it and then knowing that they couldn’t afford to help him. So we were glad we were able to step in.”
Pablo is hospitalized at MedVet Cincinnati. Saturday, Proud Pub Rescue said he was stable, but did not want to stand up or eat. “Doctors seemed really hopeful. We hope he can pull through this,” the group said in a Facebook post.
“It’s hard to imagine someone being able to hurt a sentient being like that, “ Marcis said. “They can’t speak for themselves or stand up for themselves.”
While the video can be unsettling, the rescue group says it played an important role in the investigation.
“That video shows exactly what happened,” Maria Lobuono with the group said. “In order for justice to be served, it needed it needs to be shared.”
Marcis added, “A lot of the time with animal cruelty cases, it’s difficult to get an arrest.”
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