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Man beat dog to death with TV remote: police

Posted at 5:34 PM, Sep 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-06 17:34:09-04

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) – Animal cruelty charges have been filed against a man who allegedly beat his sister’s Yorkshire Terrier to death with a television remote.

The Jersey Journal reports that 40-year-old Eric Wesley of Glen Gardner appeared in court this week to hear the charges, which stem from an Aug. 12 incident in Secaucus.

Authorities say Wesley repeatedly struck the 5-pound dog, named Bella, in the head with the remote. The dog suffered skull fractures and was taken to a veterinary hospital, but doctors could not save the animal.

Wesley’s sister reported the incident to police the next day, and Wesley turned himself in two days later.

A telephone number for Wesley could not be located Saturday. It was not clear if he has hired a lawyer.