Jerry David Barker Jr. Charged with beating puppy to death

June 20, 2009 by  
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LAKE CITY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Lake City man beat a puppy to death and encouraged two boys to help him.

bildeThe Columbia County Sheriff’s Office reports that 26-year-old Jerry David Barker Jr. was arrested Monday on a warrant for felony animal cruelty and child abuse without bodily harm.

Authorities say the two boys were playing with the 8-month-old dog in their yard when the puppy apparently nipped at one of them. Barker became angry and started kicking and beating the animal. A sheriff’s spokesman says Barker then tied the dog up and hit him with a shovel, a nail-studded board and a garden hose.

Although Barker encouraged the boys to hurt the dog, they reportedly refused.  Barker was being held without bail set.