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Hollister Police arrest man on animal cruelty charge

Police say three-month old dog picked up and thrown to the ground during argument.
Police said the three-month-old dog was thrown and injured during an argument. Photo provided.
Police said the three-month-old dog was thrown and injured during an argument. Photo provided.
Buddy is expected to recover fully from the incident, according to the Hollister Police Department. Photo provided.
Buddy is expected to recover fully from the incident, according to the Hollister Police Department. Photo provided.

Information provided by Hollister Police Department.

Hollister police arrested one man on Aug. 8 on felonious animal cruelty, according to a recent press release.

Officer Jon Martinez was called to a family disturbance in the 100 block of McCray Street on Aug. 8, at about 10:27 a.m. Officer Martinez learned that the argument regarded the family’s three-month old puppy named Buddy.

Police said that during the investigation, Officer Martinez learned that Daniel Leon, 22, was arguing with another family member and that at one point during the argument he picked up the dog and threw it to the ground, injuring the dog’s left side.

Animal Control officers were brought in to assess the animal’s condition and they confirmed one of the dog’s legs had been seriously injured. The dog was taken to a veterinarian’s office and Leon was arrested on felonious animal cruelty, police said.

The dog was thoroughly examined and x-rayed, the release said. Tests revealed he had no broken bones, but did have extensive soft tissue damage to his hind end and left side of his body. The puppy was kept at the vet’s office overnight and released to Animal Care Services. Police said that the dog is currently on pain medication, resting and is expected to make a full recovery.

Hollister Police Department requests that anyone with information regarding these investigations contact Officer John Martinez.

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