PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (CBS) – A New Hampshire man is facing animal cruelty charges after police say a witness recorded a “disturbing” video showing him abusing a dog.

Portsmouth Police began the investigation on New Year’s Eve when a witness sent them video allegedly showing David Dantino, 26, abusing Knox, a 3-year-old Australian cattle dog. The dog belongs to an associate of Dantino’s and is not his.

David Dantino. (Image Credit: Portsmouth Police)

Police said the video showed Dantino completely lifting Knox off the ground by a neck leash. Another clip allegedly shows him kicking the dog, and a third video captured Dantino “violently” jerking Knox’s leash.

On Sunday, Portsmouth Police announced that Dantino is being charged with three counts of cruelty to animals.

There are no criminal charges pending against the dog’s owner. Knox remains in her possession.

  1. Kiras Carrot says:

    Sociopathic sadists like this need to be tossed into prison for an indefinite period of time. Ultimately, they will have the same thing done to them by some “alpha male”…and perhaps, then, they will finally understand that their behavior was ‘wrong’. More likely, though, they will never understand and never care. That’s why they should just be locked up for life.
    Starts with an innocent and voiceless dog, ends with many other helpless victims- children, drugged women, the elderly..whomever is most powerless, so that these f-ing pitiful cowards can feel like they are in charge.