A salon worker in Nashville, Tennessee lost his job and is facing animal cruelty charges after he was allegedly captured on video viciously abusing one of his small pups.
Brandon Tynes, 33, was booked on a felony charge of aggravated animal cruelty on Tuesday after an employee at his apartment complex in East Nashville called animal control to report the alleged abuse, the Nashville Tennessean reports.
Security footage sent to Metro Animal Care and Control allegedly shows Tynes picking up one of his two French bulldogs and hitting it in the face repeatedly, the outlet reports, citing an affidavit. After he leaves the elevator, Tynes can be seen picking up the small animal and “violently” hurling it at the wall headfirst.
The pup survived the ordeal. Ashley Harrington, an employee of Metro Animal Care and Control, told Nashville’s WZTV, a Fox affiliate, that her office took the complaint seriously and “immediately” obtained a warrant allowing them to remove Tynes’ two dogs from his home.
Both animals are doing well and are being cared for at Metro Animal Care and Control, the office’s director Lauren Bluestone told the New York Post.
“The animal appears to be happy and healthy, other than a few abrasions that we found,” she said. “It was taken to a veterinarian hospital right away for a full checkup. But right now, the dog is in good condition.”
She went on to call the video “unsettling” and “gut-wrenching” to watch.
Tynes, who formerly worked at the Green Pea Salon, lost his job because of the alleged abuse, according to a social media statement from the salon.
“We have been made aware of recent allegations regarding the behavior of a now-former employee. These allegations reference an incident that took place on the former employee's personal time and nowhere near our place of business. We find the reported actions reprehensible and clearly outside the standards of conduct we expect of our employees,” their statement reads, in part.
The post went on to confirm that Tynes “is no longer associated with” Green Pea Salon.
Tynes may also be facing more legal trouble than he initially expected. While searching his apartment, police discovered six grams of marijuana, prompting additional charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia, according to WKRN-TV, an ABC affiliate out of Nashville.
He was released on bond early Thursday and is expected to return to court on July 12.
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