Huntington Park man caught on video beating dog pleads guilty

Sam, a 2-year-old German shepherd, is seen in this photo provided by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles.

A 22-year-old Huntington Park man who was caught on video beating his 2-year-old German shepherd plead guilty to animal cruelty charges Friday.

Victor Almendariz was convicted on one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty following an investigation by Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles.

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The investigation began after a woman sent spcaLA a video that showed Almendariz repeatedly striking the dog named Sam. Three German shepherds, including Sam, were later removed his home and brought to spcaLA for medical care.

Almendariz was sentenced to 500 hours of community labor, five years of probation and a 48-week animal abuse counseling program on Friday.

Under the terms, the suspect can't own animals for five years, and must also undergo a psychological evaluation and pay restitution.
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