Man arrested after dog filmed being beaten near Banks

Banks –  A video circulating on social media over this weekend shows a man beating a dog in a home near Banks. Police say they’ve arrested the man -Thomas William Sugars III – shown in the video.

Banks Post editor Chas Hundley viewed the video; what follows is a description of the 22 second video.

Skip to the next paragraph if you do not wish to read a description.  In the video, a man wearing a cowboy hat crouches over a dog in what police say is someone else’s home off of Sellers Road just outside of Banks.
The man states””F—ing told you to stop!” and then proceeds to strike the dog 10 times, raising his arm to shoulder level and striking the dog with a downward blow each time.  The blows are audible as the dog yelps in pain. “You like that? You like that? I’ll give you a reason to bark!” He pauses. “You wanna bark, I’m gonna give you a f—ing reason.”

Washington County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Jeff Talbot says that the video was filmed on Thursday, December 6 at a home in the 14700 block of Northwest Sellers Road just north of Banks. It was shared by several people on social media on Saturday, December 8 before the person who filmed the incident contacted the Washington County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency dispatch line.

It’s unclear what the person who filmed the video’s relationship is to Sugars.

By Sunday, December 9, sheriff’s deputies had tracked down Sugars, and arrested him in Aloha.

He was booked into the Washington County Jail on an aggravated animal abuse 1 charge with bail set at $1,000. As of 11:45 a.m. Monday morning, he was still in custody.

The dog, 1-year-old Duke, a pit bull mix, was taken to the Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter for its safety. Duke was not injured, according to Talbot.

Talbot says that the sheriff’s office received an outpouring of messages, via social media and phone calls, regarding the video.

This is a developing story.