Cleveland police officer adopts recovering dog that was abused with leather belt, brick

CLEVELAND - A Cleveland man pleaded not guilty Thursday in court to animal cruelty charges after witnesses tell Cleveland police the man was used a leather belt and a brick to abuse a dog in the middle of the street June 15.

When police arrived tp the scene at E. 138th Street and Harvard Ave., witnesses told police Peris Rice was beating the dog with a belt and striking the dog in the face with a brick. After the abuse, witnesses say they convinced Rice to give up the dog. 

Due to the abuse, the dog suffered injuries to his face, legs and paws. The dog was treated for his injuries at the VCA Great Lakes Vet Specialists.

Cleveland patrol officer Brandon Melbar has been fostering the dog since the abuse and has decided to adopt the animal and name him Harvard.

According to photos, Harvard seems to be adjusting to his new home well.

If you would like to donate for Harvard's care, contact the Badges for Bullies organization

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