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Homestead Man Accused Of Hanging Dogs From Tree

HOMESTEAD - (CBS4) - A Homestead man faces two counts of cruelty to animal charges after police say he tied two dogs to a tree and let them hang there until two people saw it and threatened to call police.

Jorge Guzman-Zubiaur, 49, faced a judge Monday morning who ordered him held on $20,000 bond.

Police say two people screamed and yelled at Guzman-Zubiaur to bring down the two dogs that appeared to be in distress when the incident occurred sometime at 6 p.m. Sunday at 16001 SW 281st St.

"Both witnesses stated they screamed and yelled at [Guzman-Zubiaur] telling him to cut the ropes and free the dogs," the police report states.

After they threatened to call police, Guzman-Zubiaur agreed to free both dogs. It turned out to be too late for one of them. Police say the Doberman pinscher died because of the cruel treatment.

The other dog – a Dalmatian – was injured and taken by animal services.

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