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Case ID: 19952
Classification: Beating
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Friday, May 17, 2013

County: Pasco

Charges: Felony CTA
Disposition: Convicted
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Defendant/Suspect: Brian Perry

A rescue dog saved from being put down was punched to death by its new owners just four days after being given a new chance at life.

Gipper, a four year old Rottweiler from south Florida, died after being repeatedly punched in the face by its 47-year-old new owner, Brian Perry.

The dog had run over to a neighbour's home in New Port Richey, near Tampa, and started barking at other dogs.

Police in New Port Richey said 47-year-old Brian Perry beat the dog with his fists.

He later buried the body but has so far refused to tell police where he put it.

Police said the rescue dog was not attacking anyone and was not a threat.

Gipper's death has stunned the President of the animal rescue organisation that placed Gipper with the Perry family.

Grace Acosta, who runs the Gulfstream Guardian Angels Rottweiler Rescue said the Perrys had passed all the necessary background checks.

'These people that adopted this dog from us went through the whole thing. We had excellent vet reports, we had someone visit their home, checking the home. It was approved. And they came with their own dog to meet with us,' Acosta said.

The shelter had even posted pictures to their website of Gipper heading home, saying his new owners are 'in love with him'.

'In the 30 years that I have been involved with Rottweilers, especially doing rescues, I have never encountered an incident like this,' added Acosta.

New Port Richey police officer Lauren Letona said the dog was beaten to death.

'This was a 86.5 pound Rottweiler that was hit, supposedly with the fists and only with the fists, but with enough force to cause the dog to die,' she said.

'I think it was disturbing to everyone involved. I actually lost sleep over it.'

Perry's wife told Fox 13 News in Tampa the animal was violent and her husband was trying to protect neighbour's dogs. Perry has been charged with animal cruelty.

Neighbours were surprised as they said the Perry's were dog lovers

'They have a bunch of dogs. It's very shocking that that would happen,' said Duke Carmack.


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