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Dog euthanized after severe beating by Soldotna man

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A Soldotna man is facing animal cruelty charges for beating his dog, actions ultimately leading to the animal’s death.

Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence on Snowflake Court in Soldotna at 2:54 p.m. following a report of a loud verbal disturbance, according to an online dispatch.

AST found an injured dog that required medical treatment. They brought the animal, a Labrador/pitbull mix, to the Soldotna Animal Hospital, “where it vomited a large amount of blood onto the floor,” troopers wrote. The veterinarian treating the dog determined they would need to euthanize the animal.

Troopers’ investigation revealed the dog’s owner, 44-year-old Samuel Stroer, had beaten the dog with a large metal pipe after it growled at him, according to the dispatch. He beat it unconscious and then brought the dog out to his garage. It reportedly woke up and “became aggressive towards him,” so he beat the dog for a second time with a “long 2×4 piece of lumber with a screw sticking out the end of it.”

Stroer beat the dog hard enough that the end of the wood broke off, according to troopers.

He was arrested and taken to the Wildwood Pre-Trial Facility. Stroer was arraigned Thursday on a single count of animal cruelty, which is a Class C felony. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

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