36-year-old man recorded by neighbor beating dog unconscious, police say

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Authorities arrested a man after his neighbor reportedly caught him on video beating his dog unconscious.

The St. Petersburg Police Department said Cole Herrmann was recorded on video beating his dog in his back yard. Police said the dog was in a metal cage while getting hit in the head repeatedly.

The police report says after the 36-year-old man finished hitting the dog, the video shows the dog becoming unresponsive.

Herrmann reportedly admitted to police afterward that he “spanked his dog too hard.”

He was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. His bond was set at $5,000.

The police department said the dog survived and Herrmann surrendered it to Pinellas Animal Services.

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