A Houston man has been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly wrapping a dog's head in duct tape and beating it with a crowbar, according to a Harris County District Clerk press release.
Dwain Ray Riley, 58, faces up to two years in state jail if convicted. He remains in Harris County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond.
Riley allegedly tied the dog, named Mud, to the wheel of a van on July 23 before striking him with the crowbar, according to the press release.
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Jessica Milligan, the head of the office's animal cruelty unit, said in the release that the allegations were "horrific," and added that Riley "viciously beat a dog that had been rendered entirely defenseless." (Milligan is the prosecutor responsible for putting "crush" video auteur/terrible human being Brent Justice away for a very, very long time.)
Originally from Dallas, Riley has a history of felony and misdemeanor charges in Dallas County, court records show. He pleaded guilty to assault of a family member in 2006, and court records also show earlier guilty pleas for theft, marijuana possession and burglary of a building.
He was scheduled for arraignment Wednesday; court records don't show if Riley currently has an attorney.