UPDATE: Charges recommended against minor in Lawton dog abuse case

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LAWTON,OK (RNN Texoma)- Lawton Animal Welfare is recommending criminal charges be filed against an 8-year-old boy caught on video beating a 6-month- old dachshund puppy Monday evening in Lawton. The boy could be charged with cruelty to animals. Now the case is in the hands of the District Attorney.

The beating was caught on backyard surveillance video by Sprocket’s owner Monday evening. The boy lures the dog from under the shed before picking him up and taking him to the backyard. He is seen punching Sprocket, throwing him on the ground, tossing him in the air, and even walks through the yard with a baseball bat. Sprocket was found later that night underneath a shed with a piece of concrete over his body.

“It’s kind of disturbing especially when its repetitive like that,” said Russell Anderson with Lawton Animal Welfare. “It’s hard to place into words but at this point, I’m focused on the child and hopefully we get the child some help.”

Anderson says abuse like this can have long term effects on the dog.

“This dog could be afraid of humans for the rest of his life," Anderson said. "When this dog gets older he is going to be suffering. If you imagine a human suffering from arthritis, with severe injuries like this, long term, he’ll always have something with him and some sort of handicap if you will.”

As far as Sprocket, his owner says the first surgery is complete, and another operation will be done Monday. Because the case involves a minor, we don’t expect much information to be released.

David Winbush, Sprocket’s owner, says because the Oklahoma City vet clinic is picking up the cost of the surgery, he will donate a portion of money donated on Sprocket’s GoFundMe to that clinic, as well as giving some of it to the Freeman Vet Clinic here in Lawton.

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