York man headed to trial in videotaped dog-beating case

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – A man charged in a videotaped dog-beating case is headed to trial for animal cruelty.

Luis Junior Cruz-Padro, 24, waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday, according to court records. A formal arraignment in York County Court is scheduled Feb. 12.

By waiving the hearing, he conceded there is evidence to support misdemeanor charge, but he didn’t admit guilt.

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.

Authorities said Cruz-Padro was not the dog’s legal owner.

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