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Encino Man Arrested for Breaking Legs, Jaw of Pit Bull Puppy

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There are many ways to handle a tough break-up with a girlfriend, but torturing and injuring a little puppy isn't one of them. The Daily News reports that a 22-year old Encino man, Steven William Butcher, was arrested yesterday in the 6400 block of Bertrand Avenue for animal cruelty.

After a break-up with his girlfriend, Butcher was reportedly distraught and had threatened aloud to harm his small puppy. Worried about the man's mental state, a neighbor reported the concern to authorities and provided audiotape of the suspect harming the dog. Yelps of pain could be heard on the tape.

When police entered the home to investigate further, officers found a pit bull puppy in the laundry room sink, with the cold water running continouously. The puppy's two back legs and jaw were broken and it sustained "numerous" other injuries, according to the Department of Animal Services.

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Butcher was booked on a charge of cruelty to animals, but posted $20,000 bail and was released. The puppy has been impounded by LA Animal Services. Anyone interested in fostering this or other animals in need has been asked to contact LA Animal Services.