An Amityville man is facing an animal cruelty charge after the Suffolk County SPCA said two witnesses caught him beating his dog Thursday.
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officials said Friday that two people watched Shaun Morgan, 37, pick the dog up over his head and throw it on the ground twice. Morgan, of Coolidge Avenue, Amityville, surrendered the dog to the witnesses, who took it to a veterinary clinic for evaluation, the SPCA said.
SPCA Chief Roy Gross said the female pit bull is fine, and in the process of adoption They expect her to go to a new home soon.
“There will be a happy ending here,” he said, adding that the dog appears to be 2 to 3 years old.
Morgan is charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and is due back in court on April 6. Gross said Morgan faces up to a year in prison, a fine of up to $1,000 or a combination of the two.
“We’re asking people out there to please make the call,” when they witness animal abuse, Gross said.
“An animal cannot pick up the phone and call,” he said. “We’re adamant about bringing people to justice.”
Morgan did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.