Cleveland Police were called to East 138th Street and Harvard Avenue on June 15, in response to a call from a witness about a young brown pit bull being beaten with a belt reported 19actionnews.com.
When authorities arrived a witness was holding the dog and told police Peris Rice had repeatedly beaten the dog with a belt, choked him and hit the dog in the face with a brick. The witness was able to talk Rice into releasing the dog.
The dog showed injuries on his face, legs, and paws, and as the officers prepared to transport the dog to VCA Great Lakes Vet Specialist, the dog jumped right into the car.
Rice was arrested and appeared on Thursday at Cleveland Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty.
The dog named Harvard received medical care and hospitalization and is expected to make a full recovery, but the news gets even better. Badges for Bullies, started in 2012 by the Cleveland Police Officers and Friends of the Cleveland Kennels, a volunteer organization dedicated to ridding the community of animal cruelty and underground dog fighting operations has paid the dog's medical bills and Officer Melbar has adopted Harvard.
From the Facebook page of Badges for Bullies:
"Thank you 4th District Police Officers Pesta and Kellums for saving the life of “Harvard” the dog. Harvard was being beaten in the middle of the street. The officers got Harvard to the hospital so he could get the care he needed and arrested his abuser! Harvard’s story doesn’t end there, however, Cleveland Police Office Melbar has agreed to take Harvard in and make him a member of his family! Harvard received emergency medical care and hospitalization at VCA Great Lakes Vet Specialists and is expected to make a full recovery. Harvard has already began adjusting to his new life with Officer Melbar as you can see from these photos. Badges for Bullies is pleased to be able to support Cleveland Police in the rescue of Harvard by covering all of Harvard’s medical costs. If you would like to help us pay for Harvard’s care we are accepting donations via PayPal at Badgesforbullies@hotmail.com or via the “DONATE” button on our website at www.badgesforbullies.org."
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