The Christmas spirit doesn't reside at 31 Silversmith Ln, Levittown N.Y. after a neighbor spotted Michael Gallagher, 56, dragging his Pit Bull, German Shepherd mix dog onto his front lawn.
The witness was in shock when they saw Gallagher placing a zip tie around the dog’s neck, stuffing the poor dog into a garbage bag and then hitting it with a shovel,
The caring neighbor freed the dog, removed the zip tie, then took the dog to the East Village Green Animal Hospital in Levittown for treatment of a severe cut to its head.
Police later reported that the dog's injuries were too severe and veterinarians couldn’t save the him and out of compassion for the poor animal, euthanized it.
Police said they found Gallagher at a nearby 7-Eleven at 10:45 p.m. He was placed under arrest and given to the Nassau SPCA for processing.
According to the Nassau Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Gallagher was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals and torturing or injuring animals or failure to provide sustenance.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Saturday at First District Court in Hempstead.