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Man arrested in beating of his dog

By Times Staff Writer
Published October 26, 2005

TAMPA - First the neighbors heard Molly crying.

Then they saw Molly, an ivory-colored Labrador retriever, limping outside the Hunter's Green home where she lives with owner Jaime Enrique Torres. Hillsborough County Animal Services investigators say Torres, 45, beat Molly on Monday because she defecated on the lanai of his home.

Torres swung her by one limb, beat her with a swimming pool cleaning tool, then left her in pain.

Neighbors called Animal Services, officials said.

Torres was arrested and booked on one count of cruelty to animals, a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. He was released on $2,000 bail. This was his first arrest in Florida, records show.

Molly is now in the care of Hillsborough County Animal Services, which will seek custody of her and then make her available for adoption.

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