Man gets probation for beating dog

WARREN — A man who beat a service dog in a convenience store pleaded no contest Thursday to a charge of animal cruelty.

Jeffrey Wells, 53, 645 Porter St. NE, was placed on probation for five years and ordered by Judge Terry Ivanchak not to own or be around any animals, court records state.

Wells was arrested just before 10:30 p.m. Aug. 22 after witnesses told police he beat his dog and wreaked havoc in the Fastlane Food Store, 2650 W. Market St., a police report states.

When police arrived at the store, a clerk unlocked the door and they saw several men standing around. An agitated Wells came outside with a large dog, which he said is his service dog, and he told police one of the clerks slapped him in the face, the report states.

Inside, police saw things thrown on the floor and a clerk told police they were trying to save the dog from Wells because he was stomping on it, the report states. Police viewed surveillance footage and they saw Wells pulling the dog aggressively with the leash, kicking and stomping the dog and punching it in the head, the report states.

At the jail after his arrest, Wells told police he was training the dog for a veteran, the report states.