The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrested Miguel Rivera, a 32-year-old man, after officers witnessed him on security camera beating and torturing a small dog.
The incident occurred outside of the Encore Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip around 1:45 p.m. on July 2.
A man called LVMPD to report a man punching and choking a dog in front of the hotel, according to the arrest report.
One officer, who was operating cameras in the LVMPD Fusion Center, was able to witness what Rivera was doing to the dog, later identified as a 10.9-pound Yorkie named Baby.
The officer was able to direct responding units to the Encore valet where they intercepted Rivera and were able to take him into custody.
In the camera video, Rivera is seen torturing the dog in various different ways and seemingly unprovoked.
At the start, Rivera is seen lifting the dog by the leash and spinning it in a helicopter motion. He then threw the dog to the ground and began striking it with an object in the face and abdominal area.
Rivera strikes the dog 13 times in less than one minute.
He then lifts the dog off the ground, allowing the dog to dangle and choke on its collar, before hanging the dog on the fencing outside the Encore property.
“Physical asphyxia (strangulation by object, in this case a collar) is painful and traumatic as the body begins to build up lactic acid, the muscles begin to burn, and the lungs scream for oxygen,” the arrest report reads.
Clark County Animal Control responded and took over care for the animal.
CCAC found that the pup had a microchip, which revealed its name and that it belonged to Rivera despite the suspect’s denying that the dog belonged to him.
The dog was taken to the VCA Spring Mountian where Dr. Rayburn found that Baby was lethargic, in pain and had petechiae in its eyes, which occurs when blood vessels break and is commonly seen in victims of strangulation.
Rivera’s actions against Baby could have caused death from brain swelling and injury to the neck, according to the arrest report.
Rivera was arrested and charged with eight counts of torturing an animal.