Ohio man punched, kicked ‘service dog’ at food store, police say

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WARREN, OH (WKBN) – A Warren man was arrested on Wednesday after he was accused of beating his dog inside of Fastlane Food Store.

Officers were called to the W. Market Street store, where they found items thrown on the floor. 

The suspect, 53-year-old Jeffrey Wells, told police that a clerk slapped him. The clerk said, however, that Wells was “stomping the dog” in the store and that they were trying to help the dog. 

Police said surveillance video showed Wells aggressively pulling the dog on the leash, kicking it and punching it in the head. 

Wells was arrested and charged with cruelty to companion animals.

Once at the jail, he told police that the dog was a service animal and that he was “training it” for a veteran.

Wells has been booked into the Trumbull County Jail on 36 separate occasions on various charges, including domestic violence, child criminal enticement and drug abuse. 

Wells is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday afternoon. 

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