York man wanted in videotaped dog-beating case

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Police are asking for the public’s help to find a man they’ve charged in a videotaped dog-beating case.

Luis Junior Cruz-Padro, 24, was charged by the York County SPCA on Wednesday with a misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Authorities allege that Cruz-Padro tied a white pit bull to a post to stop it from getting away, intentionally punched the dog several times, and then repeatedly whipped the animal with what appears to be a belt.

A neighbor videotaped the abuse and posted a two-and-a-half-minute video to Facebook over the weekend.

Humane officials took custody of the pit bull and a female puppy on Monday.

The dog abused in the video, named Bugs by shelter staffers, spent Tuesday in surgery while veterinarians checked for internal injuries. The puppy was not harmed.

Melissa Smith, executive director of the York County SPCA, said Cruz-Padro was not the dog’s legal owner.

Anyone with information on Cruz-Padro’s whereabouts may call the York County SPCA at 717-764-6109 or the York County Detective Bureau at 717-771-9600.

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