Dog Abuse

Man Caught on Video Beating His Dog Says it’s Part of His Training

Concerned over the ill-treatment of a dog, neighbors in a Springfield, Missouri apartment complex captured video of a man beating his dog with a chain. When confronted, the dog’s owner says it’s all part of his training.

Neighbors on the top floor of the Cherry Street Apartments say they’ve witnessed John King brutally beating his dog on several occasions. During a recent episode, Tina Federico used her cellphone to record video and posted it online where it quickly went viral.

In the video, King is seen yanking the dog, Craydo, by a chain around his neck before swinging the chain and hitting the dog in the face with it.

“He takes the chain, yanks it and it busts the dog in the face,” Federico told KDVR. “If you’re abusing a child or a dog I have a problem, it becomes my business, that dog gets hit and beat everyday” she added.

And, Federico isn’t the only neighbor to witness ill-treatment toward the dog.

“Three mornings ago, when we came out, the dog was tugging on him hard, and as soon as he got up the steps, he picked the dog up with the chain and slammed him into his apartment door by his head. I’m terrified for the dog,” said another neighbor, Angel Simmons.

Animal control officials have been to the apartment complex multiple times following-up on reports of abuse, but no charges have ever come about.

When confronted with the video footage, King confirmed that was indeed him and his pit bull, Craydo. But, he says he’s not abusing the dog that he calls “my baby,” but, rather, it’s all a form of discipline in an effort to train him.

“I’m tryin to train the dog and get him where he comes to me and stuff, but when he does not listen, I do pop him on his (obscenity).”

Regarding allegations of beating his dog’s face with the chain, King shrugged, “I just tapped him with it yesterday.”

While many view the footage as clear-cut animal abuse, King’s own neighbors are divided, with some agreeing that hitting the dog with a chain is an acceptable form of discipline.  “More than anything, it gets the dog’s attention. I don’t see any harm in that,” said neighbor Michael Wheelock.

Animal Control will not comment on the video, but have confirmed they are investigating abuse allegations against King.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. marta

    May 4, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    If this inbred idiot considers this dog training, I sure hope he has not had a chance to procreate, because he would make a child's life pure hell. I have trained dogs and horses and all you get from this kind of discipline is a spooky animal that learns to hate and mistrust any human. This guy is just as bad as that enormous, fat turd that threw that skinny little horse on his side, hogtied him and stood on his ribs cracking a whip and beating him. He also called that a legitimate training exercise called 'sacking.' I've sacked many a horse, but never did it that way. If you want to really learn how to train a dog, there are countless videos on the internet. Watch Pit Bulls and Parolees on Animal Planet and you will see how a real trainer works with pit bulls. The Mighty Finn also has training videos on their Fb page. It's called positive reinforcement, you moron. Please take that dog from him and never let him have another animal.

  2. rieann

    Mar 31, 2017 at 8:52 am

    lets beat the dog with a chain this guy is a fukin LOSER what else does he do to that dog that no one has seen? that dog is going to get hurt or bite his drunkin looking ass and be put down any good TRAINER would NOT look at abuse as training

  3. sharyn s mccormick

    Mar 30, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Only a backwoods low rent person does something like this! A few "slaps" in the face with a chain ought to cure this ass…if not, maybe a long jail term and loss of his dog, probably bringing delight to the dog!

  4. Judy DiPietro

    Mar 30, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    If animal control doesn't find him guilty and take the dog away they need to fire the whole lot and get people in there that will do their job

  5. J. ROSE

    Mar 30, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    THAT IS IN NO WAY "TRAINING!!!" THAT IS DOWNRIGHT ABUSE!!! THAT, OR ANY DOG, WILL NEVER "COME" TO ANYONE WHO TREATS IT WITH ABUSE. THEY ONLY WANT AWAY FROM THAT IGNORANT ASS. PROSECUTE THIS MORON FOR ABUSING THIS DOG IMMEDIATELY.

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