A pit bull named "Chaka," is dead and his owner, Thomas Hinson, 38, of Racine, Wis., is facing felony animal cruelty charges for the dog's untimely and brutal death.
According to Tuesday's Journal Times, neighbors told officials that they could hear “loud booming sounds” coming from Hinson's downstairs apartment around midnight on Wednesday.
More disturbing than the "booming noises," were the sounds of a dog's cries.
When confronted, Hinson allegedly told his neighbors that he was mad at Chaka because the dog went to the bathroom inside.
Though one neighbor told Hinson to "cool down," the request was ignored.
On a return trip to Hinson's apartment, witnesses observed Chaka's snout and ears in Hinson's hands - the owner was slamming the dog's head to the kitchen floor.
After neighbors again arrived to his apartment, he allegedly got up off of the dog, who was lying motionless on the floor, bleeding.
After checking on the dog, one neighbor informed Hinson that Chaka was dead.
At this point, Hinson appeared to show remorse for the barbaric attack - a neighbor stated that the Chaka's owner:
“started crying over the dog and tried to make him get up.”
Neighbors stated that Hinson appeared to be drunk at the time, and noted that this was not his first attack on the four-year-old pit bull, who had been in Hinson's possession since he was just a puppy.
If convicted of the charges, Hinson could be sentenced to prison time and up to $10,000 in fines.
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