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Bridgeport Dog Walker Charged With Beating, Kicking Dog

Connecticut State Police arrested a local teen for beating and kicking a dog he was paid to walk.
Connecticut State Police arrested a local teen for beating and kicking a dog he was paid to walk. Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A local teen who worked as a dog walker was charged with animal cruelty after state police caught him on camera beating one of the dogs he walks, according to the Connecticut Post.

Xavier Surles, 18, of Hough Avenue, was arrested after state police received a call on Aug. 17, from a motorist about a person beating a dog along I-95 near Nichols Street, the Connecticut Post reported. Officers checked the highway cameras, which showed the teen beating and kicking the dog, Grizzly, who belongs to a disabled man, said the Connecticut Post.

Troopers reported that when they pulled up to the scene, Surles began screaming and struggling with them, added the Connecticut Post. 

Grizzly's owner said he pays the teen $10 a day to walk what he called a "really friendly dog," said the Connecticut Post.

Surles was released after posting $5,000 bond.

Click here to read the Connecticut Post story. 

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