Man arrested for allegedly beating, killing dog with piece of wood

Man arrested for allegedly beating, killing dog with piece of wood

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A North Carolina man was arrested for North Myrtle Beach police after he allegedly beat a dog with a piece of wood, which led to the animal's death.

Bryan Lee Livengood, 51, of Ocean Isle, N.C., was charged with torture-ill treatment of animals in general, according to online records from J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

He was booked into jail early Thursday morning and remained there under a $7,500 bond.

An incident report from the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety stated officers responded to a home in the 800 block of Seaside Drive on Oct. 21 in reference to the injury to the animal.

The complainant alleged the suspect hit his Chihuahua with a piece of lumber, which led to the animal's death.

According to Livengood, he went to go up to his front porch and the dog bit him on the left calf, the report stated. The suspect went on to say he tried to go around the dog and come inside his home through the back porch, but the animal followed him and kept nipping at this legs.

"At this time, Mr. Livengood picked up a piece of lumber and struck the dog once," the report stated. "Mr. Livengood stated that the dog ran off barking to the back porch."

Police applied for a warrant for ill treatment of animals after the complainant stated the dog came up to the suspect and started sniffing his leg. At that time, Livengood allegedly tried to kick the animal, according to the report.

At that point, the dog reportedly came back and bit him on the leg, which led the suspect to kick at him again and hit him, according to law enforcement.

The report stated Livengood then went to his car and retrieved a flashlight and a piece of wood.

"Mr. Livengood ran the dog down on the back porch and began beating it with the piece of wood," according to the incident report. "Once Mr. Livengood was finished, he came back up and began bragging about killing the dog."

Officers said the second statement had more details that fit what they saw when they arrived on scene, including the suspect having a flashlight, the report stated.

The dog was taken to a Myrtle Beach veterinarian's office, but reportedly died prior to arriving.

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