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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This makes me so angry. What the h--- is wrong with people? Oh how big they must feel for abusing poor helpless animals.!!!! This puppy is adorable ! he must of felt like a big man after doing what he did!!


Sweet Baby. Continued prayers for his healing. He is a blonde miniature of our black Sir Benson BENTLEY Bunnell! We all would be delighted giving Bentley a loving, forever home......please contact us, anytime.


Can someone please post Bentleys condition.. I can't stop thinking about his sweet little face and the trauma he suffered and didn't even know why..If I had Dykes in a room I would beat the shit out oh him and be done with it


I would like to have 5 minutes with this piece of scum and see how he likes to beat.

Jennifer Bird

I am a supporter of the ASPCA. I am begging you, please do something to ensure that this man gets hard time!


I never understand why people buy a dog and then cruelly mistreat it. If you don't have the time, patience, or money don't acquire an animal.


It breaks my heart that people can be so cruel to animals. We are suppose to be their guardians.


... and not and/OR $5000 fine. $5000 is easy to pay. That man should have to suffer - just as much as his dog had to. Period.


Keep fighting, Bentley. Soon, you will be fine. The bastard, monster who did this to you deserve to be in jail and put to death raw. I bet you he got no balls.


It sickens me to read continuous stories of abuse. I wish there was a minimum $100,000 fine and five years in jail for people who are convicted of animal abuse or any type of abuse for that matter. Actually, I'm more of an eye for an eye. I'd rather beat the crap out of this guy and leave him in a trunk!