Man Charged with Allegedly Slamming Dog into Ground
A 25-year-old man from Murray is facing a third-degree animal torture felony after police turned over surveillance video to the Salt Lake District Attorney’s Office of the man allegedly beating his dog severely.
In an indictment released on Friday, Devin Jordan Spoelstra has been charged for beating his dog, Zeus, on Sept. 16. Murray City Police Department reviewed surveillance video from the suspect’s apartment complex. In the video, detectives say Spoelstra picked Zeus up over his head and “slammed” him into the ground. He then knelt on top of the dog and repeatedly punched him in the head and body, according to the indictment.
Later in the detectives’ report, they say Spoelstra grabbed the animals snout, held his mouth closed, and then pulled Zeus off the ground by his leash.
In a post-Miranda interview, the suspect told investigators he put Zeus down to the ground to gain dominance after he says the dog wouldn’t listen to him. He added that he “slapped” the dog on the face for the same reason.
Salt Lake County Animal Control said there was blood on Zeus’ urine after the incident.
Bail has been set to $50,000 for Spoelstra.
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