A Louisiana man was arrested on charges of aggravated cruelty of an animal after a highly disturbing video showed him beating his dog until the animal was seemingly unconscious.
The graphic footage, released by the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office, shows 21-year-old Asani Woods, of Violet, La., lifting his pit bull off the ground by its neck before shoving the dog’s face in the trash, which she had apparently gotten into.
After ordering the dog, named Tiger, to look at the trash, Woods started beating the animal with a boxing glove on his hand and kicking her. The dog cries out while she is continuously beaten.
The man is then seen picking up the dog and throwing her across the room and then violently slamming the dog on her back.
The video ends with Woods telling the dog not to get into the trash “one more time.”
You can watch the video below (WARNING: EXTREMELY GRAPHIC AND DISTURBING CONTENT):
The beating reportedly occurred in December and Woods was arrested on March 28, according to the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office. The animal survived the brutal assault and Woods later dropped the dog off at an animal shelter.
“The sheriff said the shelter reported a pit bull named Tiger was euthanized there in January, saying the owner had complained the dog was overly aggressive,” the report adds.
The man filming the disturbing incident, identified as Johnny Dominick, is heard laughing at times and warning Woods that he’s going to kill the animal at others.
Initially arrested on drug-related charges, Dominick was later charged with being an accessory to aggravated cruelty of a dog after police found the video on his cellphone.
St. Bernard Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann told The Times-Picayune he hasn’t seen such a disturbing incident caught on video in his 30 years of law enforcement.
“It is very graphic and disturbing and it could be disturbing to some viewers,” he said.
The sheriff also said “this is probably one case where you would like to see the pit bull defend [herself], with such a brutal attack.”
Just as unsettling as his smiling face in his mugshot, Woods also reportedly felt he had done nothing wrong when questioned by police. When shown the video, he downplayed it as “me disciplining my dog.”
“Yeah that was me. What you going to arrest me because I beat my dog because it s**t and pissed all over my house?” Woods reportedly told the arresting officer, according to the police report.
As of Monday, Woods was reportedly being held at St. Bernard Parish Prison in lieu of a $100,000 bond. Dominick, who faces drug charges and a charge of being an accessory to aggravated cruelty of a dog, was released from jail on a $135,000 bond.