Dog Abused In Sickening Viral Video Is Finally Safe
The Pennsylvania man accused of abusing Bugz, a pit bull whose plight inspired widespread outrage on social media, is finally in jail today, Penn Live reports.
York County resident Luis Junior Cruz-Padro surrendered to police on Monday, one week after a disturbing cell phone video showing a man believed to be Cruz-Padro repeatedly punching and whipping Bugz was uploaded to Facebook.
Shortly after the footage made its way online, animal welfare officials removed Bugz and a small puppy also seen in the video from Cruz-Pedro's home.
The puppy, named Willa, was found to be unharmed, but veterinarians discovered Bugz had a broken rib and bruising believed to be caused by the beating.
Bugz is expected to make a full recovery and should eventually be up for adoption. SPCA officials say Willa has already found a new home and about 25 people have applied to adopt Bugz.
"Now that the charge has been filed and the dust has begun to settle a little bit, it's time to really focus on getting to know Bugz and how we can best help him move on in life," Melissa Smith, executive director of the York County SPCA, told the York Daily Record.
Cruz-Padro has now been charged with first-degree misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, he faces up to two years in jail.
"[He] tied Bugz to a pole for the purpose of beating that dog," said Smith. "It's horrendous."