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Man charged with animal cruelty after forcing dog to jump with 10-pound weight on its neck, cops say

NJ.com logo NJ.com 4/30/2021 Matt Gray, nj.com

An animal cruelty charge filed against a South Jersey man this week arose from an Instagram video, according to court documents.

Felipe Echevarria, 33, of West Deptford Township, was heard on a video posted to his Instagram page in which a dog is shown with a 10-pound weight tied around her neck, according to his affidavit of probable cause.

He allegedly ordered the dog to jump onto the hood of a car and then the roof of the vehicle, police said.

Echevarria provided a taped statement admitting to the incident, according to police.

The page on which the video appeared was not visible as of Friday afternoon.

Gloucester County SWAT served a search warrant at Echevarria’s house early Thursday morning as part of the animal cruelty investigation.

Echevarria and Brittany M. Morgan, 34, also of West Deptford, were each charged with an animal cruelty violation and released on summonses pending future court hearings, police said.

A court official provided documents related to Echevarria’s charge on Friday, but said documents on Morgan’s charge had yet to be filed with the court by police.

Several dogs were removed from the home and are being temporarily housed at the Gloucester County Animal Shelter.

Police declined to release additional details about the case.

Echevarria is slated to appear in municipal court on June 3.

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Matt Gray may be reached at mgray@njadvancemedia.com.

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