SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — An arrest has been made in the brutal kicking death of a dog captured on surveillance video earlier this month, San Francisco Animal Care and Control officials said.
After identifying Nicholas Cornelius, 24, as the suspect, San Francisco sheriff’s deputies arrested him on Sunday.READ MORE: Rising Sea Level Threatens Stinson Beach Neighborhoods
Cornelius allegedly kicked a small dog, named Puppet, against a wall in an alley outside of 638 Market St. on June 1, Animal Care and Control officials said.
Puppet, a three-year-old male terrier mix, suffered a fractured skull and died from his injuries a day after he was kicked.READ MORE: Kaiser Employees Win $11.5 Million Class-Action, Race-Discrimination Lawsuit
After receiving tips about the suspect and his whereabouts, deputies were able to locate him and arrest him.
“Animals deserve our care and compassion,” District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement. “When someone takes advantage of their vulnerability, we have a responsibility to hold their offenders accountable.”
“We thank the community for their support,” Virginia Donahue, Animal Care and Control’s executive director, said in a statement. “The community acts as our eyes and ears, and in this case, the information provided to our agency led to an arrest.”MORE NEWS: Bay Area Teams Ready to Welcome Fans But Impact of Fake Vaccination Cards Is Unknown
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