Irving Sanchez caught in the act of abusing his dog.

Irving Sanchez caught in the act of abusing his dog.

A 46-year-old man who swung a pit-bull puppy by its leash against an elevator wall and also kicked the animal was charged with aggravated animal cruelty on Monday.

A surveillance video released by the police shows a man, identified as Irving Sanchez, slamming the dog, Max around the elevator of public-housing complex in East Harlem, New York on Sunday night.

Max, whose age was not provided, was not seriously injured. Aggravated cruelty to animals carries a penalty of up to two years in prison.

Surveillance videos of people abusing dogs in public-housing elevators have become a depressingly regular feature of the city’s criminal landscape. Last year, at least three separate such episodes were captured on video in one Harlem building alone.

Story by Elaine Furst for Dog Files

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