Man Kicked Pit Bull in Ribs, Cops Say
|James Patten (Broward Sheriff's Office)|
With all this banning-pit-bull talk recently hitting up your daily bloggy blog, we still haven't addressed the banning-pit-bull-owners issue.
Now would be that time.
Because, according to cops, a Fort Lauderdale man screw it, I'm gonna treat my pit bull like a soccer ball.
According to a Broward Sheriff's arrest report, 41-year-old James Patten was spotted being cruel to his dog -- a pit bull by the name of Sandy -- by two Broward Sheriff's detectives who were traveling eastbound along State Road 84.
Patten was riding his bike along State Road 84 in unincorporated Fort Lauderdale, with Sandy by his side.
He then stopped and sat on his bicycle on the I-95 overpass when the cops were rolling by.
That's when they saw Patten allegedly kick the pit bull in the rib cage so hard, the force of the strike threw her against the highway overpass cement safety wall.
The dog then put her head down and tucked her tail between her legs.
When the cops came up to Patten, Sandy began to cower and growl, not so much because she was protecting Patten but mostly because this is how dogs who are consistently abused behave.
Patten was arrested and charged with animal cruelty. And, as it turned out, he was already on probation for animal cruelty, so who knows how many other times Patten has tried to punt his dog into concrete walls for no damned good reason.
Patten was ordered held without bail during his first court hearing on Wednesday.