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.

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David Dantino. (Image Credit: Portsmouth Police)

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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.

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