May 28, 2010

Ricardo Plascenia - Charged With Beating, Kicking And Then Hanging Dog

Hawthorne, California (The Weekly Vice) - Ricardo Plascenia, a 19-year-old California man, was arrested Monday after he kicked, beat and then hung his dog from a choke chain in the back yard of his home.

According to the Hawthorne Police Department, Plascenia’s neighbors called police after they heard the 50-pound pit bull named Mary Jane, crying and yelping. The neighbor went to investigate and saw Plascenia slam the dog onto the concrete, punch, kick and hoist Mary Jane onto a pole by a choke chain. The neighbor then used his cell phone to record the beating.

Investigators say the dog had been taken down from the pole by the time Police arrived, but saw Plascenia carrying a potted marijuana plant and found more marijuana in his garage at the rear of the property.

Mary Jane was taken to a vet who treated the dog for minor injuries. The dog will be taken to an animal shelter where she will be kept during the court case and will ultimately be put up for adoption.

Plascenia was booked into the Hawthorn Jail on charges of animal cruelty and cultivation of marijuana.

Haley Mattson
The Weekly Vice

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