Police: Syracuse man struck puppy with a board, dragged it by a leash

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - A Syracuse man is facing charges after he was reportedly seen striking a puppy with a board and then dragging it down the street.

Investigators say 40-year-old Steven Bryant was seen abusing the puppy on April 12 near Midland and West Ostrander avenues around 1 a.m.

Two days later, an animal cruelty officer found Bryant with the puppy.

She believes the puppy suffered “road rash” on its legs and stomach after being dragged.

Bryant was charged with torture and failure to provide medical attention.

He was taken to the Onondaga County Justice Center, while the puppy was taken to the DeWitt Animal Hospital.

Police believe the puppy will recover.

Investigators believe the puppy’s owner did not know it was being abused.

She has not been charged with any crimes.

If you have any information about this incident, or other incidents in which animals are being abused, call the Syracuse Police Department Animal Cruelty Investigator at (315) 442-5336 or 911.

You can also submit tips using the SPD Tips app.

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