Caught on camera hitting, kicking and whipping his dog — a Pit Bull named Blue who is all of seven–months–old — Wilfredo Arroyo is now behind bars, but it’s not only for abusing a dog – and it’s not the first time he’s been in jail.
Police arrested Wilfredo for allegedly slashing the face of the man who tried to stop him from beating Blue. In addition to the assault charges, he is also facing charges of weapon possession, aggravated cruelty to animals, and torturing animals.
The video, released by the New York City Police Department with the most disturbing pieces edited out, shows Wilfredo and another unidentified man, both with Pit Bulls. Before every act of abuse that is caught on camera, Blue — the dog who is the target of Wilfredo’s wrath — appears to be simply standing or sitting quietly.
But, Wilfredo’s wife, Esther, told the Daily News that Blue allegedly bit Wilfredo and “he had to give him a spanking.”
When a 32–year–old man, who continues to remain anonymous, walked by the incident, he jumped into action and tried to protect Blue from being harmed. Allegedly, Wilfredo then pulled out a knife, cutting the man’s face above his eye. Wilfredo and his friend then ran off, leaving authorities to figure out who they were from the videotape.
Speaking to the Daily News, Esther relayed her husband’s version of the event.
Wilfredo told me [the man] came from behind him and said, ‘You’re an abuser. What the hell are you doing?’ and slapped [Wilfredo] in the ear with a rock. The way I see it, it’s self–defense.
While this may be Wilfredo’s first documented case of animal abuse, it’s not his first act of violence towards a human. Wilfredo was convicted of manslaughter in 2004 and released 10 years later for the murder of a 23–year–old man who was repeatedly stabbed and then dumped in the woods.
This incident potentially highlights the well–known link between animal abuse and human violence. In a study conducted by the Chicago Police Department from 2001 — 2004, it “revealed a startling propensity for offenders charged with crimes against animals to commit other violent offenses toward human victims.”
Additionally, those who abuse animals are much more likely to abuse women and children and pet abuse is one of four predictors of domestic partner violence. Another study indicated that in homes where families were under supervision for physical abuse of children, animal abuse occurred in a staggering 88% of these homes. Many who go on to commit heinous acts of violence as an adult are noted to have tortured or killed animals as a young child.
If you witness animal abuse in progress such as the case here, the best thing to do is immediately call 911. If you suspect or witness abuse otherwise, you may call your local animal control, shelter or facility.
H/t Daily News