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Texas man arrested for beating puppy with belt for chewing on cable box

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Keannon Deshawn Harper, 23, was arrested on Friday and booked into Brazos County Jail for allegedly using a belt to beat a ten-pound German shepherd mix puppy for chewing on a cable box in his home reported the

The animal cruelty charge relates to a March 27 incident when authorities were called to Harper's residence on the 2500 block of Dartmouth Street after a neighbor reported hearing dog cries she thought sounded like an animal "being tortured."

Police found a 12-week-old female puppy lying on the bathroom floor amidst feces, blood, and a bloodied belt. The puppy could barely lift her head.

Harper allegedly told authorities he had hit the puppy 20 times to discipline her because she had been chewing on various objects in the home.

He has since posted bail of $10,000 and was released from jail. If found guilty of felony animal cruelty, Harper faces up to two years in jail.

The pooch was rushed to A & M Small Animal Veterinary Teaching Hospital where she was treated for head trauma, shock, and various cuts and bruises. The puppy continues to recover, and has been adopted by one of the veterinarians.

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