San Antonio man handed one of Texas’ longest ever animal abuse prison sentences

Frank Javier Fonseca was sentenced to 25 years in prison on animal abuse charges for a violent beating of his puppy in 2019, which was captured on video. 

Frank Javier Fonseca was sentenced to 25 years in prison on animal abuse charges for a violent beating of his puppy in 2019, which was captured on video. 

Photo courtesy of Animal Care Services

A San Antonio man is headed to prison on one of the longest sentences for animal abuse in Texas History.

Animal Care Services said that Frank Javier Fonseca was sentenced to 25 years in prison on animal abuse charges for a violent beating of his puppy, which was captured on video. He was sentenced in June and has previous felony convictions that include drug possession and crimes of retaliation, according to an ACS news release.

The video was captured in February 2019, showing Fonseca repeatedly hitting his young Rottweiler puppy named Buddy with his fists and a piece of wood, as well as kicking and choking the dog. ACS said the video was recorded by “an anonymous Good Samaritan.” Court records show Fonesca was arrested in September 2021. 

The 56-year-old San Antonio man told ACS that he was disciplining the dog for leaving his yard on Fenfield Avenue. 

Buddy survived the abusive attack and is now living with a new adoptive family, officials said. 

In June, ACS and San Antonio Pets Alive opened an investigation after an Australian Shepherd puppy named Bonnie Blue Eyes was surrendered to ACS in critical condition. The 5-month-old puppy reportedly showed indications that her mouth had been bound shut for such an extended period of time that her teeth were impacted. Less than a month after she was “mysteriously surrendered,” ACS announced that she has been making “big victories” while in foster care

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