Man caught beating puppy in Cottonwood

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. – A man was arrested after an off-duty sheriff’s deputy witnessed him physically abusing a puppy.

The Yavapai County sheriff’s deputy was driving his personal car on Western Drive near the Highway 260 intersection in Cottonwood on Thursday just before 2 p.m.

The deputy stopped at a red light and saw a woman leaning out of a car yelling at someone in front of her. The officer then saw a man later identified as Kevin Corley, 32, striking a black dog in the head with his fist.

The officer said Corley also kicked the 10-month-old Rottweiler mix several times and stepped on the dog’s legs.

The officer confronted Corley and ordered him to stop hitting the dog. The suspect reportedly continued acting aggressively toward the officer who had contacted YCSO to request assistance.

A deputy arrived and detained Corley. Several witnesses reported seeing Corley abuse the canine.

Corley claimed he was just correcting his dog.

The dog had a limp as it was led away. He is still at the Sedona Humane Society where he is said to be doing well. Staff will be scheduling him for home placement next week.

Corley was arrested and faces one count of cruelty to animals and disorderly conduct. He is being held at the Camp Verde Detention Center until his court date on July 14.