Roy Cozart (Clark County District Attorney's Office)
Dog seized by animal control officers, Kilo. (Clark County District Attorney's Office)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A Las Vegas man is accused of beating his pet pit bull with a rock and the handle of a hammer, as well as throwing the canine against a wall.
The Clark County District Attorney's Office announced Friday 30-year-old Roy Cozart was charged with felony cruelty to animals. The district attorney's office said the beatings took place on three different occasions between July and October.
The pit bull was removed from Cozart's home on Oct. 15 to be examined. The district attorney's office said a veterinarian found evidence of abuse including swelling on the dog's head and broken ribs.
Animal control officials with Clark County were told of possible abuse by Cozart's neighbors, according to the district attorney's office.
The office noted the case as being the first in Clark County to include the seizure of a dog for examination by a veterinarian.
Cozart could face one year to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine, the district attorney's office said.
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