The photo spread around social media and several people who recognized him called the Rockwell Animal Control and local police.
28-year-old Scottie Lee Lewis, of Rockwell, NC, has been charged with animal cruelty this week.
The picture that was floating around Facebook shows shirtless Lewis walking a small puppy with a brick attached to it. It was evident that the puppy was struggling to walk.
Rockwell County Animal Services said it wasn’t clear what was happening in the picture, but that sometimes bricks or weights are used to build muscles in dogs for dog shows or sometimes even dogfighting.
According to Rockwell Police, Lewis said he was “strength training” his dog so that he “would look muscular.”
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