The Animal Protective League is not seeing more animal abuse, just more of the most serious kinds of cases.
Michael Pate is facing animal cruelty charges, accused of having a puppy inside a closed up, smelly duffel bag at St. Vincent Charity Hospital.
Then records show Pate tried to dump the dog into a trash can and finally threw the dog onto a cement sidewalk.
And then Douglas W. Smith was hit with charges for beating and killing a dog. Police report shows a neighbor brought home a dog that Smith was supposed to train.
But a neighbor watched him kick the dog, pick the dog up by the neck and punch the dog, even slam it down on the concrete.
Cleveland 5th district officers even had to hit Smith with a taser during a struggle to arrest him.
The Animal Protective League even recently investigated a cat set on fire and killed. No clear reason for the more serious cases, but now two more for the trend.
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