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Grand Island man charged with animal cruelty

Deputies say the pet's owner found the dog dead in its crate on March 13, which led to an investigation.
Credit: Erie County Sheriff's Department

GRAND ISLAND, N.Y. — A Grand Island man was arrested after allegedly beating a dog to death, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies say the pet's owner found the dog dead in its crate on March 13, which led to an investigation.

A neighbor gave deputies their home surveillance footage after hearing about the dog's death. The footage allegedly showed Brian Cline, 41, striking and kicking the animal.

Cline has been charged with a felony count of aggravated cruelty of animals from the Agriculture and Market Law and a felony count of criminal mischief.

Cline is being held at the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment.

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