Police have charged a man in Louisiana with animal cruelty after they said he choked his ex-girlfriend’s dog. The incident was captured by a Ring doorbell camera.
The Slidell Police Department arrested 30-year-old Shane Michael Mitchell after being alerted to the May 10 incident, which took place outside the door of Rachelle Fassy, owner of Rubyjean, the dog seen in the doorbell video.
Police said Mitchell had taken Rubyjean without permission and had “refused to return her to [her] rightful owner.”
Happily, Rubyjean was eventually returned to Fassy. She posted additional video of the dog back with her. “I want to personally thank each and everyone of y’all who made every attempt to lead me to my Ruby! I esp want to give my biggest thank you to the Slidell police department,” she wrote on Facebook.
Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said: “I was sick to my stomach watching that video. How someone can … hurt a defenseless animal is beyond me.”
Mitchell is being held at the Slidell City Jail, police said. Additional charges may follow. Credit: Rachelle Fassy via Storyful