A Harlan County man has been charged with torturing a border collie that he allegedly shocked with a cattle prod, according to state police.
Henry E. Brock, 50, of Bledsoe was arrested Wednesday on a charge of felony animal cruelty, state police said Thursday.
Brock, who has a small farm, said that he was trying to train the dog and that it wouldn't heel properly, said Detective Mike Cornett, who investigated.
Brock allegedly stomped and dragged the dog in addition to shocking him. The incident happened in the driveway at Brock's house, Cornett said.
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Someone recorded the incident on a cell phone and sent the video anonymously to the Humane Society of the United States. The organization forwarded the video to the animal-control officer in Harlan County, who contacted state police, Cornett said.
The alleged attack occurred last summer, but it came to light just recently. State police received the video on March 21, and it took a few days to investigate and get a warrant, Cornett said.
Brock had given the dog to his niece some time ago. Authorities had him checked by a veterinarian to make sure he had no lingering injuries, Cornett said.
The checkup showed the dog was in good health, and authorities returned him to Brock's niece, who is taking care of him appropriately, Cornett said.
Cornett said the dog, whose name was not available, was friendly and didn't even bark when police came to investigate the case.