San Antonio: Local man receives 25-year prison term after being caught on video beating his dog in 2019

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SAN ANTONIO (August 2, 2022) – He was caught on camera punching and kicking his young Rottweiler on the front porch. Now, a 56-year-old San Antonio man has received a 25-year prison sentence stemming from the incident which occurred at a home in the 1200 block of Fenfield. It happened in early February of 2019. A graphic video taken by an anonymous Good Samaritan that day shows Frank Javier Fonseca repeatedly hitting his pet Buddy with his fists and a piece of wood. Fonseca, who was also recorded choking and kicking the Rottweiler, told ACS investigators he was punishing the dog for getting out of the yard. Fonseca's sentence, handed down in June in the 226th District Court, is one of the longest punishments for animal cruelty ever recorded in the state of Texas. Past felony convictions, including drug possession and crimes of retaliation, allowed for the heavier sentence.

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Buddy, who has recovered from his injuries, now lives with a new adoptive family. Residents should call the City's customer service hotline at 3-1-1 if they witness animal cruelty. While callers can remain anonymous, those reporting potential violations are urged to provide as much detail as possible to aid in any resultant investigation.

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