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Schenectady man charged with beating dog

Photo from DC Dunkel of him & his dog.
Photo from DC Dunkel of him & his dog.
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Updated: 5/17/2013 3:22 pm
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The 20-year-old son of a woman charged with beating her grandson to death has been arrested for allegedly beating his dog with a shovel.

The Schenectady County SPCA has arrested DC Dunkel, of 23 Mynderse Street, and charged him with aggravated animal cruelty.

On April 30th, the SPCA began investigating reports of a 2-year-old male pit bull named "Con" being beaten by Dunkel with a shovel which a witness, a neighbor of Dunkel's, claimed to have recorded on video. Another tip came in from the witness, who claimed to have recorded another beating on May 6th. Both recordings were reviewed by the District Attorney's office, but the second video led to the charges.

The dog is currently being held in SPCA foster care.

Dunkel spoke with NEWS CENTER on Thursday saying he is innocent. Dunkel claims he was not abusing the dog, rather disciplining him and that his neighbor is intrusive.

"I never hit my dog with a shovel and I hit him one time on the side of my house because he ripped the cable wires and he ate my brand new pool pump, a $200 pool pump. I didn't know it was illegal to hit your dog," said Dunkel.

"Repeated beating, any type of injury is certainly abuse and there's no manual where closed fist punching of a dog in the face or the torso or using a weapon like a shovel or kicking a dog in the stomach. None of those are discipline,” said Chief David Dean of the SPCA.

"I love that dog. I just adopted him three months ago, so when they picked him up there’s no sign of abuse. He was just at the vet two weeks ago,” said Dunkel. “Yeah, I hit my dog one time, so I don't know if that’s the definition of animal abuse, but I guess new laws say you're not allowed to hit your dog at all."

Gaston Hooks Jr. tells the NEWS CENTER he's the one who made that call after seeing what he described as a violent beating.

"He got out, jumped over the fence and started beating the dog. Beat the dog 3, 4 times on the ground,” said Hooks Jr.

He explained that he has surveillance cameras at his home, so he caught it all on camera. Just one week later, he tells the NEWS CENTER he saw it again and provided authorities with more video.

“You beat dogs, you're inclined to beat people, children,” said Hooks Jr.

Dunkel's mother, 43-year-old Gloria Nelligan currently faces charges of murder and manslaughter for allegedly beating her 8-year-old grandson Sha'hiim to death at the family's Mynderse Street home in February. According to police, Sha'hiim was killed after a "prolonged beating." Nelligan was the boy's legal guardian.

Since his mother's arrest, Dunkel has moved into the home and has assumed responsibility of his three younger sisters.
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GG831 - 5/17/2013 2:28 PM
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Really... don't be a moron! Just because that dog sits in his lap and whimpers when he leaves does not mean he did not beat that dog! Or what he did wasn't abuse. How about we hit you several times with a shovel and then see if you call it abuse! It's like saying because a kid loves their parent that means they aren't being abused. Kids and animals love unconditionally and the fact that he didn't know you couldn't hit animals is no defense. Hitting a dog is the worst thing you can do to discipline it and if you're not smart enough to know this then you're too dumb to own a dog!

dano22 - 5/16/2013 11:22 PM
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he is a piece of s**t , if i was in charge of making the laws of animal abuse, you can guarantee that who ever abuses or kills dogs or cats that the person would indeed get the same punishment as the animal did. Our laws are way to soft to let these people get away with this stuff. Oh people would say its inhumane to do the same to the animal abuser's , well i say oh, you shouldnt of beat that dog or cat!!!!

Really - 5/16/2013 12:18 PM
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This man did nothing but love that dog !!! The dogs like 5 feet tall and sits on his lap like a baby every day crying when he leaves smh.
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