ASPCA Arrests Brooklyn Man over Beaten Shih Tzu

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 2:45pm
ASPCA Arrests Brooklyn Man over Beaten Shih Tzu

On April 3, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents arrested Alex Dykes, 49, for allegedly beating his one-year-old male Shih Tzu mix, Bentley. In September, our agents visited Dykes’ Brooklyn home to investigate a complaint that a dog had been beaten and needed immediate help.

At the residence, Agents found poor Bentley in pain, and they knew something was wrong. They transported him to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for treatment. Our vets treated Bentley with oxygen immediately, ultimately concluding he had a brain hemorrhage and a fractured skull and jaw due to blunt force trauma. He is now recuperating in a foster home.

Dykes was charged with one count of aggravated animal cruelty, a felony, and one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, he faces up to two years in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.

Looking at Bentley’s sweet face, we have to wonder: Who could do this to an animal?

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barb cain

what do u mean, "if convicted" he deserves to be taken into a cage with a bunch of men. See how helpless he is.


So happy you're nailing this asshole. This behavior makes me crazy.
I can understand shooting a person like this.

dog lover

Im glad this cute dog was rescued and got the treatment he needed.Some individuals should not own any type of animal.Any type of animal abuse should not be tolerated,we need stricter laws,not a fine.People who do this are sick and disturbed.


If convicted? Why wouldn't he be? No witness? Look at Bentley. Do you think he threw himself against a wall a few times? Then ran head on into a light pole? How else would he sustain such injuries?? To the judges who will sit on this case..........cruelty is cruelty. Whether suffered by a human or an animal. Give this man 2 years in jail AND a $5000 fine. The fine is to pay for Bentley's vet bills!

Jennifer LaMour

Anyone who abuses an animal in any kind of way is a scum bag of the earth and should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. A person that does this sort of thing has deep psychological problems and needs to be put away from society for good. I would not wanna have to be taking care of known animal abuser under my nursing care. I could not help save this sort of person...they're just evil.

Jacqueline Mari...

Alex Dykes needs to spend 2 yrs in jail and pay more thabn $5K plus vet bills!!!! He needs to be shot!


This really makes me sick to my stomach.. And breaks my heart!!
It's no different than abusing a baby or an elderly person..
The worst part is dogs will keep coming back for love & attention from their owners..
You have to be a real piece of shit to abuse an animal, especially a puppy...
Can you put a picture of this guy on your website, please!?
I would love it if he spent years in jail but of course that isn't happening..
We really need to start protecting our animals, we're all they have...
My love goes out to Baby Bentley &when he recovers from his physical trauma,
If & when he is available for adoption, please let us know!!
He deserves to live the rest of his life with lots of love & kisses!! ❤ Kate


how is the poor baby ''Benthley''? i hope he alright now and found a good and loving home he deserve us know how is Benthley now and tell us if he found a good and loving home please...

Bonita Lortie

i'm so glad he is in your hands. The previous owner should get life in prison.


I say we BEAT Alex then put his butt behind bars for a loooong time!! WHO could beat such a sweet dog like Bentley. What is wrong with these people????