Man charged with animal abuse

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 19, 2010 7:30 AM

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Iowa City police arrested a man last week after he allegedly beat a dog.

Earnest Mitchell, 54, 2401 Highway 6 E. Apt. 3427, was charged Feb. 12 with animal abuse after a woman, the dog’s owner, reported that he injured her long-haired terrier.

According to police, Mitchell had been caring for the dog when it urinated on his floor. He allegedly grabbed the terrier around the neck and “spanked” it after the dog tried to bite Mitchell’s hand, police said.

The dog was visibly injured, according to reports, with swelling, red eyes, a noticeable limp, a large lump on its head, and a lack of energy.

Animal abuse is an aggravated misdemeanor generally punishable by up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of up to $5,000.

— by Jordan Fries

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