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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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Elaine Dove

How can one find out how Bentley the Shih Tzu is doing? Is he well enough to go to a new home?


how is the dog feeling?


I live in Brooklyn, and I know that the courts are in Downtown Brooklyn. I wonder who are these so called "Justices" and "Judges" are that give the abusers' such light sentnces. I know if someone did the same thing to this "man" as what he did to this dog, the penalties would be much more severe. What planet are these "judges" from? Are they Klingons in disguise?


I live in TN and I am with you Violet. I don't know why sentences are so light. I do know one day the man will get exactly what he deserves. It gives me some kind of comfort not much!


The sentences are so light because that's the way the laws are written. Animal abuse is not sentenced under the same laws as human abuse, most animal abuse laws carry a fine and a minor jail term - if any.

Elizabeth and J...

Animal abusers are scum. This fine and penalty was not enough. They should be locked and left to rot and die. We are avid animal lovers and have loved and still love our rescue dogs. God bless them all.

Erica Nanevicius

I hope he fully recovers and finds the home he deserves. What "man" hits an innocent creature? Is it too much that I ask that this wuss gets prostate cancer and dies?

Lawanda Repschleger

How is Bentley? Has that angel been adopted? The $20 I donate monthly to you guys is by far the BEST $20 I HAVE EVER SPENT. Thank you for allowing us to help.....Lawanda Repschleger




Was he black or mexican? I am sorry, but they usually are. They do not see animals for the Angels that they are...truth is truth