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.