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Port St. Lucie man beats dog with sawed off shot gun as dog cries in agony

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Kyle Romain Hall of Walton Lakes Drive in Port St. Lucie, Fla. was arrested on Wednesday for aggravated animal cruelty, aggravated assault, and being in possession of a short-barreled shotgun reported cbsnews12.

Port St. Lucie police officers arrived at the resident, after a domestic disturbance report; they were met by Hall's hysterical girlfriend who told authorities she tried to get Hall to stop beating the family dog when he turned on her and tried to hurt her too. She ran out of the apartment and called 911.

According to the police report, Hall, 24, was angry that the dog had ripped up some personal items in the apartment and had defecated on the floor. Hall grabbed the bulldog, named Scrappy and began yelling at him and beat the dog with a sawed-off shotgun. The louder Scrappy would cry in pain and fear, the harder Hall hit the dog.

When the dog wouldn't stop crying, Hall dragged the dog by a leash into the bathroom and tied him to the faucet and continued hitting the dog while holding Scrappy's head underneath the water.

When his girlfriend demanded Hall stop hurting the dog, Hall turned on her with the sawed off shotgun and a kitchen knife.

Hall denied all of the allegations to authorities. The shot gun was found in the apartment.

Scrappy has been taken to the Animal Kindness Hospital. An update on Scrappy's condition was posted earlier Thursday on the hospital's Facebook:

"When Scrappy first came in, his head was so swollen you couldn’t see his eyes, he was heavily bruised, he was in shock and urinating blood. We gave him heavy doses of fluids to get him out of shock and today the bruising is better, his head is still swollen but not nearly as bad as yesterday and he is no longer urinating blood. We have a narcotic pain patch on him to help with the pain. He is having some liver issues due to the heavy bruising he sustained and we are monitoring his liver values."

If you would like to donate to Scrappy's recovery, please call the vet's office and speak with the receptionist at (772)878-0100.

As more information becomes available, updates will be provided.

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Get well soon Scrappy.

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