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January 15, 2016

Philly man who allegedly hit ex's dog with bat ordered to complete rehab program

The Pennsylvania SPCA says a South Philadelphia man has been ordered to complete a rehab program after he allegedly struck his ex-girlfriend's dog with a baseball bat, CBSPhilly reports.

Andrew Wallace, 41, allegedly hit the Pit Bull mix with a baseball bat, severely injuring the dog’s leg in September. 

Wallace was arrested after the incident and charged with one first-degree misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals, one summary count of cruelty to animals and one count of misdemeanor possession of an instrument of crime.

He has been ordered to pay $2,500 toward the dog’s medical care, participate in anger management and complete community service over the next 18 months, the PSPCA said.

“The Pennsylvania SPCA believes that no animal should be subjected to such blatant violent acts,” CEO Jerry Buckley told CBSPhilly.

“In this case, we are pleased that the dog in question, Ruby, will have the opportunity to recover in her home and have the financial support to receive the best treatment available. We can only hope that through his ordered treatment, the defendant will change his ways.”

The dog, Ruby, is recovering at home with her owner, the PSPCA said.