Arizona man arrested for allegedly hanging puppy upside down

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FLORENCE, Ariz. — An Arizona man is facing animal cruelty charges after he allegedly hung a puppy upside down in a horse stable, KPHO reports.

Martin Benavidez, 51, was charged with animal abuse.

According to authorities, a neighbor heard the dog whimpering from inside her house and reported the incident.

“When deputies arrived at the property where the dog was seen hanging, they found the dog cowering under a table in a covered horse pen,” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said.

Benavidez said he was training the dog, but never hurt him.

The puppy is now recovering with the officer who rescued it that night.

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