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Man jailed for allegedly beating puppy into a coma

July 15, 2019

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suburban St. Louis man is charged with felony animal abuse for allegedly beating a puppy into a coma with a hockey stick.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 33-year-old Cartez Spriggs of Riverview was charged Friday. He does not yet have a listed attorney.

Charging documents say police were called to Spriggs’ home for a report of a man beating a dog. Officers found a hockey stick in the front yard and blood stains, then found a puppy lying in a pool of blood.

Police say Spriggs told investigators he was blacked out with rage and couldn’t remember how many times he struck the 4-month-old puppy.

Spriggs’ criminal history in Missouri includes assault, drug possession and distribution.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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