A Cumberland County man is accused of beating a puppy to death with a baseball bat.
Authorities say Gerald Frank Belanger IV told investigators that he beat the 4-month-old Labrador mix because it soiled his home.
Belanger is charged with a felony count of cruelty to animals. He was being held in the Cumberland County Jail last night.
Initially, a county animal control officer wrote Belanger a citation, which would have allowed him to stay at his home.
State law makes it illegal for anyone to torture or kill an animal unless a human life is in danger.