STATEN ISLAND, New York (WABC) -- A man has been charged, accused of abusing his dog last week.
Wilfredo Arroyo, 36, was charged with whipping the animal with a belt on a Staten Island street, then slashing the face of a man who intervened.
According to the New York City Police Department, at 6:40 p.m. on May 24, on Targee Street, a witness reported that someone was punching, kicking and striking a dog several times with a belt.
When the victim intervened, a fight ensued. During the fight, the suspect pulled out a knife and slashed the victim above his eye.
The male then fled on foot toward Park Hill.
Arroyo has prior arrests for manslaughter and promoting prison contraband, police said.
Man accused of whipping dog on Staten Island