Andrew Schecter Nearly Beat a Man's Dog to Death With a Chair Leg for Sniffing His Dog

Andrew Schecter apparently doesn't like other dogs sniffing his Chihuahua/Jack Russell terrier mix.

So much so, in fact, that a jury convicted him yesterday of felony animal cruelty for beating the hell out of a dog with a wooden chair leg and then running away as the dog almost died.

According to Schecter's arrest report, he was jogging down the 1500 block of Cynmar Drive in West Palm Beach on November 15, 2010.

While he was jogging, another Jack Russell terrier named Holly came running out of its yard to sniff Schecter's dog.

Schecter didn't like that too much, so he decided to start beating Holly over the head with the wooden chair leg.

When police showed up at the scene, they found Holly -- who weighs ten to 15 pounds -- bleeding "profusely" from her head, nose, and mouth, the report says.

The dog also had a hole in its forehead the diameter of a pen, its eyes were constantly moving, and it was breathing very quickly. Police say the dog didn't respond to touch and appeared to be in a great deal of pain.

A witness told the cops she saw Schecter yelling, then hitting the dog at least five times on its head before he ran away.

Schecter told police he had to hit Holly because the dog was "attacking" his dog, although the cops say Schecter's dog had no visible marks or injuries.

What the hell he was doing jogging with a chair leg is not disclosed in the report.

According to the Palm Beach State Attorney's Office, Holly sustained severe brain trauma due to multiple fractures in her skull and also had some seizures and other serious injuries.

After four months of doggy rehab, Holly healed from her injuries and learned to walk again, the State Attorney's Office says.

Schecter, however, faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison at his October 25 sentencing.

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