Police in Louisiana have arrested a man who was recorded choking his ex-girlfriend’s dog on her doorbell cam.
Video of the horrific incident quickly spread on social media, and caught the attention of Slidell Police Department.
“Slidell Police is very well aware of the Ring doorbell video involving a man abusing a dog,” it wrote on Facebook on Tuesday morning. “This situation is not being taken lightly. The report was filed yesterday and is ACTIVELY being investigated.”
The incident occurred on Sunday, when 30-year-old Shane Michael Mitchell came to his ex-girlfriend’s new home after she broke up with him.
After an argument, he grabbed her pet Doberman Rubyjean and wouldn’t give her back, according to the report.
The footage, recorded on her Ring doorbell camera, captures the aftermath of the argument, as Mitchell stands outside her locked door with Rubyjean on her leash.
“I’ve called the cops,” her owner tells him. He replies “I don’t care,” before viciously yanking on the dogs leash and hauling her into the air.
“No! No! Stop!” the terrified owner can be heard crying, as Mitchell suspends the Doberman’s full weight by her neck.
According to police, he then fled the scene with the dog, and “refused to cooperate with authorities.”
After a tip off as to his whereabouts, undercover detectives set up surveillance sting and captured him without incident.
They found Rubyjean unharmed, and reunited her with her owner.
Mitchell faces animal cruelty charges, “and additional charges could follow in reference to other incidents,” investigators added.