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Former worker charged with torture in death of dog at Buffalo dog daycare

Posted at 4:00 PM, Aug 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-13 16:08:29-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Buffalo man is facing animal cruelty charges after investigators say he beat a dog to death in his care.

Jarrod Dillman, 23, is facing one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, one count of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, and a misdemeanor count of failure to provide proper sustenance.

According to the Erie County District Attorney's Office, Dillman threw a three-year-old Havanese against a wall and repeatedly kicked the dog while wearing boots on August 3 at PawPrints by Penny & Co. on Niagara Street.

Preliminary necropsy results revealed the dog died from blunt force trauma.

Dillman is scheduled to return to court on August 16.

In an interview with 7 Eyewitness Newsfollowing the incident, PawPrints owner Penny Lanich said she is developing a more extensive hiring process.

"We're going to do everything we can to strive to make things the best that we can and to ensure the safety of the dogs," Lanich said, adding that no new employees with be left alone with a dog.