SANTA MONICA (CBSLA) – A Santa Monica man was charged with animal cruelty after a safety video was recorded of molesting a puppy in his building last month.
The Santa Monica Police Department reported Thursday that they have filed the case with the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office on possible charges of animal cruelty and malicious harm against an animal.
The police did not immediately call the suspect. However, the Daily Mail, which received video of the incident, identified him as Jeffrey Previte.
The security footage was taken in the hallway of the Seychelle Condominiums on the 1700 block of Ocean Avenue on August 22, according to the Daily Mail.
It seems to show the man picking up the dog by the neck and shaking it violently in a hallway. At some point he seems to hit the dog. The concierge told The Daily Mail that he saw the footage after hearing the dog "scream" and then filed a police report.
Animal control officers began their investigations on September 4 but could not find the suspect or his dog, police said. The next day they were able to contact Previte by phone.
They then turned their case over to the Santa Monica police, who recommended that the county attorneys bring charges.
Anyone with information on the case is asked to call 310-458-8451.