New Hanover Co. owner beat puppy so badly it had to be euthanized, deputies say

New Hanover Co. owner beat puppy so badly it had to be euthanized, deputies say
Arceoly Mendes (Source: NHCSO)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - A New Hanover County man is accused of beating his six-month-old puppy so severely it had to be euthanized, according to the sheriff’s office.

Arceoly Mendes, 22, was taken into custody on Tuesday and charged with one count of felony cruelty to animals, jail records indicate.

A spokesperson for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said on April 22 a neighbor heard the Siberian husky, named Harley, screaming and noises that sounded like something hitting a wall. They called 911, thinking it may be a domestic violence situation.

A deputy arrived at the home to investigate and Mendes, at first, refused to let them inside, the spokesperson said. However, the deputy was allowed inside after saying the dog was on a check welfare list from Animal Services.

The puppy was found in “horrible condition” and taken to a veterinarian who diagnosed Harley with several broken bones, including a broken jaw and broken ribs. The vet was forced to euthanize the dog due to the traumatic injuries, according to the spokesperson.

Mendes was given a $3,500 bond and is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

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