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VIRGINIA BEACH - Aruptured eardrum, blood in and around one eye and a fractured eye socket are injuries authorities say a Va. Beach man inflicted on his puppy as discipline.

Rudy, an 18-week old Pit bull mix, was brought in to the Virginia Beach animal shelter about a month ago, saidWayne Gilbert of the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center, and an investigation began.

''Through her (animal control officer's) investigation, she learned he was beating the dog for disciplinary reasons,' Gilbert said.

That led to 21-year old Robert McFarland being charged with cruelty to animals.

''I'm not going to make a comment. You can speak to my lawyer,' McFarland said when 13News asked him about the dog's injuries.

'Now of course there is a correct way to discipline your dog and not a way to discipline your dog and beating your dog is not the proper way to discipline your dog. Obviously, the force used was great if it's going to break a bone and rupture an eardrum and make the retina bleed. Those are signs of some pretty significant trauma to this dog's head,' Gilbert stated.

McFarland is due in court Monday.

Cruelty to animals is a misdemeanor and punishable up to 12-months in jail and a fine. A judge may also order that the owner cannot own an animal again.

Rudy is also being treated for round worms and mange.

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