Man charged with abusing his pit bull
A 3-year-old pit bull named Spike was the victim of what authorities say were repeated incidents of extreme cruelty at the hands of his owner, who is now facing criminal charges.
Between May 4 and June 23, Christopher Mendez, 24, repeatedly and intentionally abused the dog, according to Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies. Once, he held up the dog by its neck before slamming it down onto a concrete floor, authorities said.
Authorities issued an arrest warrant after an investigation.
On Thursday, Mendez turned himself in at the Hillsborough County Jail and was booked on the animal cruelty charge. He was later released on $5,000 bail.