Man Caught on Camera Hitting Dog in Public

Man Caught on Camera Hitting Dog in Public

A woman is seeking justice after she says she caught a man abusing his dog outside an auto parts store in Berclair.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A woman is seeking justice after she says she caught a man abusing his dog outside an auto parts store in Berclair.

The incident happened outside an AutoZone on Summer Ave; the woman pretended to be on her cell phone, instead she was getting video of the whole thing.

The pit bull in the car next to hers caught Nelitza Merritt's attention. He was chewing and jumping on the driver's seat. She says she was trying to stop the situation when the dog's owner came outside.

In the video you hear her explain to the owner that she was trying to stop the dog from chewing the seat. She says, "When he got close to the car and saw what the dog did to the seat he became angry and bawled up his fist and he started punching the dog. As soon as he went into the back of the seat, he grabbed the dog by the neck and threw the dog to the seat."

Heartbroken, Merritt pleaded with the man in the Vince Young jersey. She said, "I can find somebody else, somebody that will want that dog." The man responded, "Oh no, it's O.K. I love him to death, but that's all he understands, it's O.K. It's fine, it's not abuse or anything, trust me."

Merritt's asking the police to get involved, but the car didn't have a license plate. She posted the video to YouTube, hoping someone recognizes the man. Her other hope is that the man who says this isn't abuse is watching. "I want justice done." She says, "I want him to realize what he did was wrong, if the police get involved I want justice."

Memphis police could not be reached for comment.
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