Video: Overland Park man says he witnessed neighbor abusing puppy, hitting it repeatedly with belt

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- A man claims a video he took on his cell phone shows his neighbor abusing a puppy; and now police in Overland Park are investigating the case of possible animal cruelty.

The neighbor, Fadi Elbatrouni says he used his cell phone to record the alleged abuse of Rasha, a shepherd-mix. He says he looked out his window and saw his 18-year-old neighbor, Juantez Howard, abusing the puppy.

"The first time I looked out the window and I saw him basically holding the dog and flailing with it left and right, quite violently, shaking the dog and the dog was also barking in pain," said Fadi.

He says he grabbed his cell phone and started to record video of what he says is his neighbor in a gray-hooded sweatshirt standing on his backyard deck and hitting the puppy at least 15 times with a belt.

That was Thursday morning at about 11:30 a.m.

Fadi called Overland Park police.

On Friday, police arrested Juantez Howard, 18, and prosecutors charged him with animal cruelty, a felony.  The puppy is now being treated at the Heartland SPCA in Merriam and is expected to recover.

FOX 4's Robert Townsend spoke with the Howard's mother, who explained her son has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and other behavioral problems.

"I don't think he realized what he was doing. He may have been saying he was gonna punish the dog, but to what means?" said Janice Howard.

"He doesn't know," she said. "He loves the dog."

Fadi says a friend of Howard's was standing nearby at the time Fadi took the video, but no charges have been filed against him.

"You can actually hear it barking in pain," Fadi said.

Howard remained in jail Friday afternoon on a $50,000 bond.