Horrific Animal Torture Linked To Fort Wayne Man

By Jeff Neumeyer

March 9, 2012 Updated Mar 9, 2012 at 7:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO-FORT WAYNE, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- A man with ties to Fort Wayne now faces charges in Chicago, in an unsettling animal abuse case.

It was posted on YouTube before the social media site took the video down.

22-year old Joshua Moore faces four felony counts of animal torture, and 8 counts of animal cruelty.

A 13-year old boy, who is said to be an accomplice, faces nine different charges.

The video showed one of the suspects biting the neck of a puppy until it cried out.

Other puppies were spun around in the air by their leashes, in what was dubbed a dog tornado.

Moore was quoted in a police report, saying, "You couldn't tell it was a dog", because he was moving as fast as "a propeller".

People who saw the videos reported the abuse to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, who then contacted Fort Wayne authorities, because Moore's Face book page listed a Fort Wayne address.

A Fort Wayne detective spotted Moore, with his distinctive tattoos, walking into a southside Arby's Restaurant.

He reportedly confessed to the abuse taking place at a home he was living at in Chicago.

Before the courts in Illinois could issue an arrest warrant this week, animal control officials found out Moore hopped a bus to return to Chicago.

Belinda Lewis/Fort Wayne Animal Control: " We only had one bus leaving at 5:55 Thursday night from Fort Wayne, so we were able to scramble starting about 6:30, identify whether or not he was likely to be on the bus, then make the contacts in Chicago."

Moore was arrested as he got off the bus.

Police say Moore wondered why everybody would be so upset by the YouTube material.

He was quoted in a police report, saying, “Everything shown in the videos was for entertainment purposes.”

He also was quoted as saying he didn’t feel he did anything wrong.

Lewis said that this type of overt animal cruelty is often connected to potential escalation to human violence.

She says the crimes involved here are considered felonies in Illinois, but only misdemeanors in Indiana.

Lewis says we don't treat animal abuse at the same level most states do, and she believes it needs to be made a higher priority in the Hoosier state.




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