ALAMEDA COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) – A California man will spend 30 days in jail after brutally beating a puppy for defecating in his house, the Alameda County District Attorney announced Thursday.
Joshua Tadduc pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty for beating his 9-month-old pit bull puppy, Aaliyah, on Sept. 11, 2017.
The 24-year-old Tadduc told investigators that he tried to discipline the dog by “yelling at her to go to timeout,” but Aaliyah instead ran to the third floor of his house, according to police.
Police say Tadduc grabbed the puppy and pulled her down the stairs by her hind legs but she turned around, bit his finger and got away.
After finding Aaliyah hiding in the bathtub, police say Tadduc again dragged the puppy by her legs down the stairs and took her to the garage where he used a wooden pole to hit her in the face.
The next day, Tadduc said he saw the bloodied and injured puppy still in the garage, and decided to go to work instead of rendering any aid.
Tadduc’s roommates found the puppy severely injured puppy still hiding in the garage and immediately took her to the veterinarian.
Aaliyah suffered a compound fracture of her upper left jaw with the bone protruding outside the gums, a fractured left tempo mandibular joint and a loose left rear molar.
She also was bruised throughout her body, including the inside both ears.
Aaliyah underwent six hours of reconstructive surgery to her jaw.
As a result of his guilty plea, Tadduc will receive three years of felony probation, 30 days in county jail, and must participate in 26 anger management classes, plus additional counseling as directed by probation.
Tadduc will forfeit any ownership interest in Aaliyah, and he will be prohibited from owning any animals for three years.
In addition, Tadduc will have to make a $5,000 donation to the Alameda County Animal Shelter, and he must also pay for all veterinary and boarding bills, including the forensic veterinary review of the case.