A man from Granite City has been charged in connection with alleged abuse of a small dog last month.  30-year-old Lance Small is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals after Alton Police were made aware of an incident in which the reported abuse of a small Yorkshire Terrier was caught on video.

The dog named Carl is recovering thanks to care from a local veterinarian and a local animal rescue group.  Alton Police Chief Marcos Pulido issued a statement last night saying officers were made aware of the incident last Friday and during the investigation, learned the abuse took place on February 11th of this year, allegedly at the hands of Small who is not in custody.  The case was presented to the Madison County State’s Attorney who filed the charges in court on Monday.  Pulido says Alton Police, along with officers from Granite City and the Madison County Sheriff’s Department have checked several addresses where Small could be located and ask anyone who knows his whereabouts to contact their local police.  Bond for Small has been set at $50,000.

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