Warrant issued for man accused of beating dog in York City

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Luis Junior Cruz-Padro

YORK CITY, Pa.–Charges were  filed Wednesday afternoon against a man accused of beating a dog in York City over the weekend.

Luis Junior Cruz-Padro, 28, of York is charged with one count of cruelty to animals.

The alleged incident happened Saturday along the first block of East South Street. Cruz-Padro is accused of punching the dog several times in a backyard, according a news release from the York County District Attorney’s office. He then proceeded to whip the dog, using a strap like object.

The beating was captured on video and quickly went viral after a witness posted it on Facebook.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Anyone with information on Cruz-Padro’s whereabouts is asked to call the York County SPCA at 717-764-6109 or the York County Detective Bureau at 717-771-9600.