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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what a scum bag! who in the heck can beat a small lil 5lb dog? that is sickening that he is only getting 2yrs in jail-thats no justice!


I am so glad yo found Bentley and he is getting the care and love he deserves. Am so hoping this abuser gets both the fine and jail time...and NOT be able to own another 'pet'.


two years isn't long enough to put this guy away! Poor little furbaby Bentley, he needs love and kindness, not a beating by a brut! I hope they beat the you know what out of him in jail.... see how he likes it!

Christina Oldenburg

What kind of mental illness would cause someone to beat a defenseless creature of God? If not a mental illness, then what-an evil doer who will someday be held accountable? Until then, stiffer punishments and fines & they must never be allowed to have any kind of animal.

Deni O'Quinn

The consequences need to be stronger for animal abuse and they should have to register as an animal abuser and not be allowed to own another animal!

Joyce August

Good job ASPCA :)) keep up the great work that you do.


Back up your outrage with some $$$ it doesn't have to be alot. $10 a month auto pay from you checking account. I do that because i cant do what ASPCA can do

advocate for dogs

what a shame.. pick someone your size idiot!


This is really shocking. That's gotta be the cutest dog I've ever seen. How can that idiot abuse him like this? Guess he was drunk


I have been trying to find Bentley again on the site and now I have. I wanted to speak to someone regarding adopting him. Can someone please contact me 845-504-5752