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Man reportedly beat, choked dog in front of witnesses

Shane Bacchus (Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department) Shane Bacchus (Source: Myrtle Beach Police Department)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) A North Carolina man has been charged after several witnesses say he was mistreating a dog on Ocean Boulevard Sunday morning.

The incident report obtained by WMBF News says police responded to the 500 block of South Ocean Boulevard, where they received reports that an intoxicated man was mistreating a dog.

After police arrived and spoke with witnesses, they discovered that the suspect, 52-year-old Shane Nur Bacchus of Matthews, NC, was walking his dog along Ocean Boulevard when he started cursing loudly.

Witnesses told police Bacchus was lifting up on the dog's leash, causing the dog to choke, and struck the pet several times in the face with his hands and feet.

Bacchus reportedly dragged the dog down the sidewalk as bystanders attempted to intercede, to which they say Bacchus claimed he would, "kick anyone's [expletive] that tried to interfere with his discipline measures."

Bacchus was located on Ocean Boulevard, where the report says he was staggering over the dog, cursing and trying to force his pet to sit down by applying all of his body weight on the dog. Police observed Bacchus was unsteady on his feet and had an open container of alcohol in his hand.

Bacchus claimed he treats the dog better than the dog's owner, but he could not give a name or address for the owner.

Shane Bacchus was detained and taken to the Myrtle Beach Jail around 11 a.m. Sunday where he is charged with public intoxication and cruelty to animals.

Officials with the Myrtle Beach Jail say Bacchus was released and ticketed $469 for the cruelty of animals charge.

The dog, a retriever/collie mix between the age of 14 and 16 weeks, was taken to a shelter until the owner could be located.

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