BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Earlier in the month, deputies were called to the 1500 block of Charter East Circle to investigate a report of animal cruelty. It was reported that a man had been seen beating a small dog with a mop handle. When the dog stopped moving and crying the man reportedly threw the dog into a dumpster.
The suspect told investigators that he had left the dog tied to his back porch, but when he had gotten home the dog was gone. He identified the dog in the dumpster as his, but denied knowing how it had gotten there.
Deputies located the deceased dog in the dumpster and removed it. A representative from the Greater Birmingham Humane Society came to the scene and collected the dog for further investigation. An examination indicated that the dog had died as a result of being beaten.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office animal cruelty investigator, along with investigators from the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, conducted a thorough investigation. The dog owner was positively identified as the person seen beating the dog.
A warrant was obtained last week charging 46-year-old Marvis Rutledge, of Center Point, with Cruelty to a Dog in the 1st Degree. His bond is set at $8000.
Rutledge remains at large.
Rutledge is described as a black male 5’09” and 180 pounds. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450 or Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777.
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