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Dunlap man arrested for animal cruelty after video surfaces on social media


A Dunlap man was arrested Wednesday for animal cruelty after a disturbing video began circulating on social media.

The Peoria County Sheriff's Office was informed of the video on Monday. It showed a man beating a dog in a residence, throwing the animal against a wall and punching it several times.

Detectives identified the man in the video as 39-year-old Nicholas Prince. He turned himself into authorities on Wednesday and was booked for animal cruelty.

"I am proud to say due to the hard work of our deputies and detectives, this individual is in jail." Sheriff Watkins said in a statement. "In this county, if you abuse an animal, you are absolutely going to jail."

The dog was taken to Peoria County Animal Protective Services, where it is reportedly "doing great."

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.