A Texas man has been given a harsh sentence of 25 years in prison after he was secretly filmed on camera by a passerby when he was abusing and hitting his dog brutally. While many on social media are questioning such a lengthy prison term, the city of San Antonio Animal Care Services Department clarified that the prison term included some other offenses too.
Texas Man Caught On Camera Beating His Pet Dog Gets 25-Year Prison Sentence
A court in San Antonio, Texas has given one man 25 years prison sentence after he was caught on camera beating his dog.
The man was given the punishment after footage of him showed him hurting his dog.
According to KENS 5, the incident which took place in February 2019, showed 56-year-old Frank Javier Fonesca 'punching and kicking' his Rottweiler dog just outside his home.
The man was seen viciously hitting his dog with fists as well as striking him with a piece of wood while choking and kicking it.
Investigators from Animal Care Services say Fonesca was punishing his dog for managing to get out of his yard.
The video of the attack was taken by a stranger who was passing by and spotted the man beating his dog.
They were described as an 'anonymous Good Samaritan' for their part in identifying the incident of animal cruelty and getting footage that revealed the man's crime.
However, many people believe that while animal cruelty is a despicable act, one which should be condemned but passing down someone 25 years in prison seems a little harsh.
Meanwhile, the city of San Antonio says that Fonesca's prior convictions allowed him to receive a harsher sentence.
The City of San Antonio Animal Care Services Department shared that the man's previous offenses included include possession of drugs and crimes of retaliation.
This might be the longest prison term given to someone in Texas on charges of animal cruelty.
The man's pet dog, a Rottweiler named Buddy, has since recovered from his injuries and found a new adoptive family to take him in and care for him.
We can only hope that the poor dog is now treated better by his new owners, especially since his last owner will spend a good chunk of his life behind bars for mistreating him.
As for Fonesca, he'll have to stay on good behaviour if he wants to get out of prison before he's 80 years old.