Man chokes his dog and buries it under cases of soda to set it straightBy Mason White 11:50 AM December 25, 2015
By: Mahesh Sarin
A man was arrested on a charge of animal cruelty after allegedly choking his dog and burying it under cases of soda in his home, police in New York said.
The New York Police Department said that they have arrested 26-year-old Eric Y. Ranger of Queens, after being accused torturing his dog numerous times.
Ranger was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, failure to provide sustenance, and unlawful possession of marijuana.
If convicted, Ranger faces up to four years in prison.
According to the police investigation, witnesses observed a dark-skinned male with dreadlocks known as “E-Bone,” walking with a dark small pit bull.
He was seen punching, choking and kicking the dog.
One of the eyewitnesses later that afternoon allegedly heard a dog crying and yelping inside the stairwell of Ranger’s residence.
When police reviewed a video made in the third floor hallway at the time, they allegedly observed a dark skinned male with dreadlocks punching and kicking a small black dog.
Police knocked on Ranger’s third-floor apartment door and a black male with dreadlocks, who matched the description given by the two eyewitnesses and whom police recognized to be the man on the surveillance video, answered the door and provided a New York State photo ID, which stated that his name was Eric Ranger.
When police asked to see the dog, they observed a dog matching the descriptions provided by the eyewitnesses and matching the dog observed on the video.
Ranger allegedly said that the dog was his.
In another video, police observed Ranger carrying the dog up three flights of stairs by a collar, which was around the dog’s neck.
In another incident, it is alleged that a police officer observed Ranger punching the dog to the ground. When questioned, Ranger allegedly stated that he was trying to set the dog straight.
Police officers who raided Ranger’s residence, observed the dog inside an upside-down milk crate weighed down with
two cases of soda.
Police also allegedly recovered three loose joints and two envelopes of marijuana from the apartment. Ranger allegedly confirmed that he uses the name “E Bone,” and showed police a tattoo on his arm.