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Peris Rice
Peris Rice

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man faces charges after being accused of beating and choking a dog in the middle of the street Sunday.

According to police, it happened around 2:30 a.m. at East 138th Street and Harvard Avenue.

Witnesses said they saw a male beating the dog with a leather belt and then strike the dog in the face with a brick, before choking him.

One of the witnesses told police they convinced the suspect to give him the dog.

The dog had injuries to his face, legs and paws, said police, and when they arrived, he jumped right into their front seat.

Shortly after, Peris Rice was arrested on charges of cruelty to animals. He pleaded not guilty in Cleveland Municipal Court Thursday and was issued $5,000 bond.

Police say the dog was treated for his injuries and was being fostered by Officer Brandon Melbar. Melbar has since decided to adopt the dog, said police, and named him Harvard.