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Police officer adopts dog who was severely beaten over the weekend

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According to Friday's WKYC News, police arrested a Cleveland, Ohio, man who is accused of severely beating a dog this past Sunday.

Authorities arrested Peris Rice after witnesses informed them that the man was seen abusing the pit bull - the witnesses claim that Rice hit the dog with a leather belt, choked him and slammed a brick into his face. One of the good Samaritans who witnessed the horrific assault was able to convince Rice to hand over the dog before the police arrived.

When the Cleveland Police arrived, the dog, who sustained injuries to his face, legs and paws, hopped into a patrol car and laid down on the floor.

According to Fox 8 News, after the incident, Officer Brandon Melbar took the abused dog into his home to recover and a short time later, he decided to officially adopt the dog, whose new name will be "Harvard."

The man accused of beating Harvard was arrested on a charge of cruelty to animals; he has pleaded not guilty and he was issued a $5,000 bond.

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