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Case ID: 19354
Classification: Beating, Kicking/Stomping
Animal: dog (pit-bull)
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Thursday, Feb 23, 2012

County: Salem

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Raseem McNeil

A city man has been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly beating his pit bull puppy so severely that the dog had to be euthanized, animal welfare officials said.

The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals filed two counts of animal cruelty against Raseem McNeil, 18, according to the NJSPCA.

Officials with the animal welfare organization allege McNeil admitted to beating and kicking the eight-week-old pit bull puppy, but did not say what prompted the alleged action.

Examined by Dr. Heather Lingley, NJSPCA veterinarian, because of its injuries, the puppy was euthanized, NJSPCA officials said. They added a necropsy on the dog reconfirmed the severity of its injuries.

The charges against McNeil were filed by the NJSPCA on Thursday, officials confirmed Monday.

"This is one of those cases that was one hundred percent preventable." said Captain Rick Yocum, president of the NJSPCA. "There is absolutely no logical reason any human could provide to justify the beating of a defenseless eight-week-old puppy. The NJSPCA cannot and will not allow a case like this to go unnoticed."

"As a direct result of McNeil's actions, this ... puppy had to be euthanized," said Officer Theresa Cooper of the NJSPCA. "Because McNeil's alleged actions caused the death of the puppy, the animal cruelty charges have been upgraded to the level of indictable animal charges. The frustrating part of this case is that despite repeated attempts, we have been unable to identify any kind of motive. This was truly a senseless crime."

The charges have been forwarded to the Salem County Prosecutor's Office.

If found guilty of the charges against him, McNeil could face a maximum of 18 months in prison and $3,000 in fines, NJPSCA officials said.


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