A Violet man was booked on charges of aggravated cruelty to his dog after a video showed him putting on a boxing glove and beating the dog until apparent unconscious, St. Bernard Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann said on Monday.
Asani Woods, 21, of the 2400 block of St. Matthew Circle, beat the female, grey pit bull, named Tiger, in December and was taken into custody last month, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The video shows Woods savagely hitting Tiger's head and body with Tiger whimpering and crying throughout the attack, according to the Sheriff's Office. After the blows, Woods picked up Tiger, who looked unconscious, and smashed her to the floor, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Pohlmann on Monday called the video "a graphic scene of cruelty to an animal" who basically was defenseless after the first blow.
Under questioning from sheriff's officials Woods expressed surprise he had been brought in and shown the video, dismissing it as "me disciplining my dog," according to the Sheriff's Office. The dog apparently had created a mess in Woods' kitchen.
After several days of investigation, deputies learned that Tiger had survived the attack and that Woods in January had brought Tiger to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals office on the West Bank .
The agency reported the animal was euthanized there in January, saying the owner had complained the dog was overly aggressive.
The video was found on a drug suspect's cell phone, who was one of Wood's neighbors, and Woods was arrested on March 28 after he was identified as the man in that video, according to the Sheriff's Office. Woods was being held on Monday in St. Bernard Parish Prison in lieu of a $100,000 bond.
The video was found on the cell phone of Johnny Dominick, 21, also of the 2400 St. Matthew Circle. After Dominick was booked on drug charges, he admitted he had videotaped the dog beating, according to the Sheriff's Office. Dominick can be heard on the video encouraging Woods as Woods punches and kicks the animal, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Dominick, who was one of three men booked March 26 on drug-related charges, also was booked on a charge of being a principal to aggravated cruelty to the dog. He was being held on Monday in St. Bernard Parish Prison in lieu of a $135,000 bond.
Dominick was arrested in Violet along with two other Violet men, Kordell Moore, 20, of the 2700 block of Guerra Drive, and Alvin Duplessis, 44, of the 2600 block of Daniel Drive, who both also were booked on drug charged.