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Man Caught on Video Abusing Puppy in East Harlem Elevator

By Nicole Bode | May 23, 2011 7:38pm

By Nicole Bode

DNAinfo Senior Editor

MANHATTAN — An East Harlem man was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after being caught on security camera brutally attacking a pit bull puppy inside his building's elevator, police said.

Irving Sanchez, 46, of East Harlem, was riding inside the elevator in the Wagner Houses public housing complex at 2370 First Ave. around 9 p.m. Sunday night when he was caught on camera swinging a brown-and-white puppy named Max around by its leash, according to the video released by the NYPD.

Sanchez can be seen slamming the cowering pup into the metal walls of the elevator, smacking it with the leash end, kicking it, and backing it against the door.

He was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, police said.