VIDEO: Portsmouth man man facing animal cruelty charges after 'disturbing' incident


    A man is facing animal cruelty charges in the city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, after an incident that police call "quite disturbing." (Portsmouth Police Department)

    PORTSMOUTH (WGME) – A man is facing animal cruelty charges in the city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, after an incident that police call "quite disturbing."

    One video appears to show the man violently yanking a dog on a leash.

    This investigation began when police say a witness came forward with three videos that police say showed a man abusing a dog on a leash in a Portsmouth neighborhood.

    Police allege the video is of 26-year-old David Dantino violently jerking the leash of a 3-year-old Australian cattle dog named "Knox" over and over again, even lifting the dog off the ground.

    Police say Dantino is not the dog's owner.

    Investigators say Dantino told them he was trying to train the dog to help the animal adjust to traffic conditions, but police say what they saw on the videos was substantially different than that.

    Dog owners CBS 13 spoke with agree.

    "I know that other people have different methods of training their dogs, but that's never acceptable," dog owner Dillon said. "You never get that abusive with them at all. That's terrible."

    One video police would not release allegedly shows Dantino picking "Knox" up off the ground by violently jerking his leash, causing the dog to twist in the air by his neck, and police allege this video shows Dantino kicking the dog.

    After charging Dantino, police released him.

    Dantino was not home and CBS 13 couldn't reach him.

    As for Knox, police say he remains with his owner, whose identity is not being released.

    David Dantino is charged with three counts of animal cruelty for his alleged mistreatment of the Australian cattle dog.

    Animal cruelty is a Class B misdemeanor in New Hampshire.

    If convicted, Dantino can be fined up to $1,200.

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