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SPD release video of puppy being dragged; man facing animal cruelty charge

Steven L. Bryant/ Syracuse Police

Syracuse Police have released a video that they say shows a man dragging and abusing a puppy last week.

Police say witnesses reported seeing a man walking with a puppy in the area of Midland Avenue and W. Ostrander Avenue at about 1 a.m. on April 12th. The witnesses said they saw the man hit the puppy with a board and then drag it down the road by its leash, according to police. The witnesses believed the puppy had been injured in the incident, police say.

When the department's Animal Cruelty Officer found the suspect and puppy two days later, she "immediately noted that the puppy had 'road rash' injuries to its hind legs and stomach area," police said in a release. The video released by police appears to show the puppy being dragged by a man.

**The video can be seen in the player at the top of this article, however the content of the video may be disturbing to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.**

The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Steven L. Bryant, was charged with two counts of Animal Cruelty - torture and failure to provide medical attention - and sent to the Onondaga County Justice Center, according to police.

The Onondaga County Assistant District Attorney said the Bryant pleaded guilty to the charges on April 19th and will be sentenced on June 21st. The DA's office is currently asking for Bryant to serve ten months in jail.

The puppy was treated at the DeWitt Animal Hospital and is expected to recover from its injuries. The owner of the puppy was found by investigators, but police say she is not facing charges because it appears she had no knowledge of Bryant's alleged actions.

Police ask anyone with information on animal cruelty incidents to contact them at 315-442-5336 or call 911.

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