Gerald McKinney of is being charged with mutilating an animal, a Class D felony, and animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor after he beat his pit bull "Bootsie" at his girlfriend's home in St. Joseph County, Indiana when the dog supposedly became aggressive.
Then, police say McKinney tried to bury the dog alive in the yard with the help of his son. The dog was underneath two heavy blankets and "barely breathing." One of the dog's eyeballs was missing, and its face was bloody and distorted from the bat strikes. The dog tried to get up when police llifted the blankets that covered the dog, but it could not stand due to broken ribs and legs. South Bend Animal Control officers decided the dog's injuries were too severe and the animal was put down.
McKinney tried to bury the dog alive in the yard with the help of his son.
Just as we will not accept violence being committed against people, we cannot allow animal torturers to walk our streets unpunished.
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