Crime & Courts

Dog owner charged after video posted showing apparent abuse

Video of abuse of dogs at a home on Simmons Street in Charlotte was posted on Facebook Tuesday evening.
Video of abuse of dogs at a home on Simmons Street in Charlotte was posted on Facebook Tuesday evening. FACEBOOK VIA WBTV

Police on Wednesday charged a Charlotte man with animal cruelty after a video posted on social media appeared to show him abusing a dog.

Charles Lamont Davidson was arrested at his home in the 3500 block of Simmons Street.

“The video shows animal cruelty taking place,” Melissa Knicely, spokeswoman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Animal Care & Control division, said Wednesday before Davidson’s arrest.

Animal control officers went to Davidson’s home Tuesday evening, and Davidson gave the dog to them, police said. The dog was examined by a veterinarian and had no physical injuries but displayed submissive behaviors, police said.

On Wednesday, animal control officers found a second dog owned by Davidson at another address. That dog also is in the custody of animal control, police said.

Both dogs will remain with animal control until Davidson’s case is resolved, police said.

The video that appeared to show abuse was posted to Facebook Tuesday afternoon.

The woman who posted the video sent a message to animal control saying she heard the neighbor’s dog “crying,” according to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner. A few minutes later, the dog was crying again, so the woman said she started to record and saw the man beating the dog with an object, WBTV reported.

The video has been shared hundreds of times and viewed thousands of times since it was posted, WBTV reported.

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