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Wyoming County man arrested for animal cruelty after a photo goes viral

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Ricky Hanshaw, Jr. Ricky Hanshaw, Jr.
Brutus Brutus
Ariel Ariel
WYOMING COUNTY (WVVA) -

According to the Mullens Police Dept., an investigation was launched after a photo of an injured dog named Brutus circulated on Facebook.

Ricky Hanshaw, Jr., 32, Mullens was charged with animal cruelty and criminal invasion of privacy. His bond was set at $15,000. However, since Hanshaw was on parole, he won’t be getting out of jail anytime soon.

Hanshaw is accused cutting Brutus' neck with a butcher knife. The cut was close to the dog's main artery and his voice box.

Brutus required surgery and is now recovering at Wyoming Paw Patrol. Brutus’ sister Ariel was also taken from Hanshaw. She was not injured.

If you would like to help pay for Brutus’ medical care, contact Wyoming Paw Patrol, PO Box 1105, Oceana, WV 24870.

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