HAYWARD -- A Cherryland man pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty after a video posted on Instagram last year purportedly showed him beating a puppy.
Terrell Keith Daniels, 55, had been set to go to trial in the case Monday but instead entered the guilty plea, said Teresa Drenick, spokeswoman for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.
Sentencing is set for Aug. 18 at the Hayward Hall of Justice before Judge Morris Jacobson. Under the law, Daniels who has been free on $10,000 bail since his late 2013 arrest, faces up to a year in jail.
His attorney, Kevin Taguchi, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Prosecutors charged Daniels on Sept. 27 after a video surfaced showing him striking a 10-month-old shih tzu poodle-mix puppy nearly a dozen times with a leather belt. According to court records, the suspected abuse took place sometime on or before Sept. 11.
Alameda County animal control officers learned about the incident after receiving several tips on Sept. 18 from people who saw the video posted on Instagram, according to a probable cause affidavit written by Alameda County sheriff's Deputy Eric Williams.
The video, reportedly filmed by Daniels' 17-year-old son, shows Daniels walking into a room with a small dog in his left hand, according to the affidavit. It shows Daniels putting the dog on the floor, holding it down and apparently whipping it 11 times with a leather belt, the document states.
"After the eighth strike, the dog is heard yelping in pain until the last strike when Daniels finishes hitting it," Williams wrote.
After viewing the video, deputies traced the recording to Daniels' home in the 19600 block of Camden Avenue in unincorporated Hayward, said Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesman J.D. Nelson.
Inside the home, deputies found the puppy shown in the video and another dog.
The dogs did not show any outward signs of neglect or injury, Nelson said, but were removed from the home and taken to the shelter for the duration of the investigation.
When confronted about the video, Daniels told deputies he was disciplining the dog for going to the bathroom, according to the affidavit.
He said he "deliberately avoided striking the dog by hitting the floor instead as it was being belted," Williams wrote. "He did admit some of the strikes may have hit the dog accidentally."
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