Abused pit bull could be euthanized, Harlingen owner faces animal cruelty

Segregated from all the other animals at the Harlingen Humane Society is a dog named Champ. The multi-colored Pit Bull is at the center of an animal cruelty case."He is scared," the Shelter's Board President Pat Turman-White said. "He's behind bars... And he has no idea what happened... Last thing he knows is that he was beaten and drug in here and put behind bars."Harlingen police arrested the dog's owner over the weekend.Jose Gonzales is accused of punching his pet.Police were called to the 500 block of West Polk after the suspect TMs neighbors alerted authorities to the alleged beating.The dog reportedly made a loud yelp sound.An animal's cry for help is usually either ignored or never heard in cases of animal abuse, according to the shelter's board president."No one wants to rat out their neighbor," she said. I think a lot of people are just afraid to get involved."Abused animals aren't typically adopted out to the general public because of the treatment they've been subjected to. The same goes for Pit Bulls because of the dangerous nature of the breed. That means Champ already has two strikes against him. It'll be up to a judge to decide what happens next.If in about 10 days a judge rules Champ cannot be returned to his owner and the shelter has trouble adopting him out then he will more than likely be euthanized, according to Pat.As with most animals sent to the shelter, the clock is ticking.Jose Gonzales facing a state jail felony for the animal cruelty charge.He was given a $5,000 bond.