Man arrested for beating dog with wooden mallet

TULSA, Okla. — Alberto Esparza was arrested for animal cruelty on May 11, around 5 p.m.

Police said Esparza’s neighbor told them that Esparza had beat his own dog with a large wooden mallet.

Officers went to Esparza’s house, but no one answered the door. They looked in his backyard where they saw a Pitbull lying against the fence.

They called the dog over and the dog got up very slowly and walked towards them with a severe limp.

Officers returned to the front door and found Esparza.

Esparza told police his dog had tried to bite one of his pet birds. After this, the dog went outside.

When the dog was outside, Esparza said he hit the dog in the hindquarters with a large wooden mallet.

The dog was taken to a veterinarian, who stated that dog had a dislocated back hip.

Esparza was then arrested and booked into jail for Cruelty to Animals.

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Animal Aid of Tulsa said they now have the dog, that they named Tulip, and she is safe.

This dog is now safe at the vet with us! We have named her Tulip ❤️❤️ She is a sweetheart despite what’s happened to her. If you can donate to her care, we sure would appreciate it. Animalaid.org/donate

Posted by Animal Aid of Tulsa on Thursday, May 12, 2022