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Man suspected of abusing dog and texting pictures arrested

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19 Action News cameras were rolling exclusively Wednesday as investigators hauled in a man wanted for horrific abuse of a dog.

The chief investigator for the Animal Protective League calls the abuse of the dog 'barbaric'.

The dog is a pit bull mix puppy. The APL believes around Christmas, Congress texted pictures to a roommate showing he hurt the dog for tearing up the floor.

The APL found the dog had a head injury, a broken leg, and more injuries. Investigators even found signs the dog had been strangled. It appeared the injuries did not happen all at once.

Gallek confronted the suspect as the APL and Cleveland Police hauled him to jail from 22nd and Prospect.

"Why'd you hurt that dog?" Gallek asked.

"It wasn't me," Congress said.

"Wasn't you?" Gallek said.  

"No, it wasn't," Congress said. "Can you get the camera out of face?"  

"Sent text messages?" Gallek said.

"No, I didn't," Congress said.

 The APL had been looking for William Congress for weeks and weeks and even made contact with him.

"Again, in the contact he told me, I'd have to come find him," said Chief APL Investigator Jed Mignano. "So I did."

Congress is facing charges for animal cruelty. The APL has been overseeing the dog's recovery.

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