VERMILION — A dog sitter faces multiple charges after he was caught on a nanny cam beating the owner’s dog, police said.
Vermilion police said the owner called police after he discovered that Brian J. Carrick, 30, of Vermilion, repeatedly beat his dog Max while he and his family were out camping June 23. The owner found out after reviewing a security camera set up in the home.
In the video provided to The Chronicle-Telegram, Carrick can be seen entering the home and shouting at the dog for eating another dog’s food. He takes a wooden paddle and strikes the bed the dog is laying on, startling it. He can be seen striking the dog several times on the shoulder, neck and rear. As Max lays on the floor, Carrick continues to threaten him, pushing the paddle against his nose and saying “You want to get beat again?” He proceeds to hit the dog harder and harder until the dog yelps.
The owner’s neighbor told police she heard the dog being struck and added that Carrick seemed intoxicated.
The owner took Max to a veterinarian to make sure there were no internal injuries. The veterinarian said Max seemed unusually skittish and easily frightened, which police said was likely caused from the incident.
Carrick faces charges of cruelty to animals, a first degree misdemeanor, as well as disorderly conduct, a fourth degree misdemeanor, at Vermilion Municipal Court at 9 a.m. today.