Lubbock Police investigating animal cruelty after viral Facebook

Lubbock Police investigating animal cruelty after viral Facebook post

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

A concerned dog owner turned to Facebook for advice. He shared a video of what appears to be his roommate hitting his dog multiple times, and wounding it. He has since turned to police. 

In his post, Blake Sanders said he noticed his dog was not acting like himself and was terrified of his roommate. Sanders then set up a hidden camera.

Sanders said within two days, he caught what appears to be his roommate walking into his room and hitting what he suspects is his dog. In another clip, it appears he walks toward the bed and hits the dog again. 

Sanders did not want to speak on camera, but he said on Facebook, he is sad and warns others not to ignore their pets if they start acting different. He said he let it go for months.

Unfortunately, animal abuse is everywhere. Steven Greene with Lubbock Animal Services said his team sees both active and passive abuse cases.

"Active would be the types where you're hitting, kicking, beating, throwing an animal," Greene said. "Passive would be more of just neglect, and maybe not being educated on the proper way to treat an animal." 

The moment you notice any injuries or drastic changes in appearance or behavior, call Animal Services. If you are not the owner, but witness abuse or neglect, Greene said to speak up.

"Any animal that is in immediate or imminent danger, we can go ahead and seize and take the owner to court and try to win custody of that animal," Greene said.

Cruelty to non-livestock animals can range anywhere from a Class A misdemeanor, to a second-degree felony. This means a person can face up to 20 years in prison. The low end of this range covers negligent cases, where as the felony charges are for acts like torturing or killing of an animal.

"It was important to us to reach out to this individual and be able to make a case for this pet," Carson Glenewinkel with Lubbock Police said. 

Once strangers sent the post to the police, detectives reached out to Sanders. There is now an investigators working alongside Animal Services. 

"When it comes to cases like this, it's easier to work hand in hand, and figure out these cases," Glenewinkel said.

Police said it will be easier to prosecute this case since there is video evidence. In his post, Sanders said his dog is okay and out of danger.

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