July 27, 2017
A Houston man is charged with a felony after he allegedly wrapped duct tape around the eyes and mouth of a dog and beat him with a crow bar, authorities said Wednesday.
Dwain Ray Riley, 58, is accused of tying a family dog named Mud to the wheel of a van parked in the garage, then covering the pet’s head in tape and repeatedly bashed him.
“These allegations are horrific,” said Jessica Milligan, head of the Animal Cruelty Unit at the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. “He viciously beat a dog that had been rendered entirely defenseless.”
Riley, who was arrested by Houston Police, faces up to two years in state jail if convicted of cruelty to animals.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in the 338th District Court.
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