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Man arrested after animal abuse caught on camera

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David Allen (Source: Genesee County Jail) David Allen (Source: Genesee County Jail)

A Genesee County man has been charged after a case of animal abuse was caught on camera.

In the video the man, now identified as David Allen, is seen picking up a dog by its neck on April 4th, running across the street with it, and slamming the dog into the side of a car.

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Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said the dog belonged to the 23-year-old suspect.

The video was turned into investigators by a witness and the Genesee County Sheriff's Office made contact with Allen.

The dog in the video was a 4-month-old puppy named Baby, Pickell said.

"The area where the owner kept this puppy was found to be unheated, and contained no food, water, or bedding. The suspect stated to our detective that he was upset that the dog had ran across the street, and that is why he slammed the puppy into the vehicle," Pickell said.

After entering the suspect's house, investigators found one adult female - who was identified as the suspect's girlfriend - and a child - who was identified as the suspect's niece.

Investigators learned of allegations the suspect had physically abused his girlfriend on at least two separate occasions, Pickell said. The assault allegedly included slapping and choking the woman.

One of the detectives also observed two firearms they believed were illegally owned by the suspect, Pickell said.

Allen was arrested for assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, domestic violence and animal cruelty.

His bond was set at $15,000 and he remains lodged in the Genesee County Jail.

"On a personal and human level, we must continue the fight for increased animal abuse penalties. All too often we see animal abusers graduate to crimes against children and adults. Predatory behavior must be addressed, no matter who is the victim," Pickell said.

Donald Finney lives two houses down from Allen. Finney said he has called the dog pound on Allen.

"He leaves them outside and the dog will be out there barking and barking and barking," Finney said.

Finney said Allen wasn't just abusive towards his dog, but he was also in frequent disputes with his girlfriend.

"They'd both be over there punching each other out. Then the cops would show up and they'd say something and then the cops would just leave," Finney said.

Pickell said deputies arrived at the house on April 4. After obtaining a search warrant, deputies determined Allen also had several unlicensed firearms in the house.

"They found in his bedroom a semi-automatic Beretta. And then they went to another adjourning bedroom and up on a closet in a small shelf they found an AR-15," Pickell said.

Allen has not been charged for possession of the firearms at this time.

"You see people and kids abusing animals. They're really prepping themselves for adults. I can easily describe him as a monster," Pickell said.

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