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TEXARKANA, TX (KSLA) -

Authorities say they are searching for a Texarkana, Texas, man suspected of abusing a dog and are concerned about the man’s safety.

A warrant was issued about 10 a.m. Monday for the arrest of 79-year-old LeGus Holloway, according to Texarkana, Texas, police.

He is wanted on a charge of cruelty to non-livestock animals.

“This is as a result of a video that surfaced over the weekend on social media that shows Holloway viciously abusing a dog,” says a post on the Police Department’s Facebook page.

“At this point, there are concerns for Holloway’s safety as a result of threatening comments that some people have made on social media,” the post says.

“If you know where Holloway is, please call the Police Department and let us know.”

The Police Department’s telephone number is (903) 798-3116.

Meanwhile, the owner of the dog at the center of the animal cruelty investigation has taken the canine to a veterinary clinic, authorities say.

Animal control officers still were scheduled to check on the dog there Monday morning, according to a post late Sunday night to the Police Department’s Facebook page.

And now an online petition started by a Jane Johansen is demanding justice for Lady. It has drawn more than 500 signatures.

The animal cruelty investigation was spurred by video posted on social media and shared with KSLA News 12 that shows a dog being beaten and strangled.

The one-minute video that Clementine McKinley shared on Facebook warns viewers: “This video may show graphic violence or gore.”

It shows a man strike a dog three times with what appears to be leash as he grabs the animal’s collar and drags it out of a car.

Someone off camera laughs as it happens.

The man then attaches the leash to the dog’s collar, uses it to hoist the animal over his shoulder and walks away.

Indications are that the video was recorded in the 1700 block of South Kenwood Road.

The video has been shared almost 3,000 times.

There’s no immediate word on whether an arrest has been made.

Nor is there any word about the dog’s health.

“We have identified the man in the video and expect an arrest warrant to be issued very soon,” police said in a Facebook post about 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

“Unfortunately, we have not yet been able to locate the dog. But Animal Control officers are going to go back out in the morning to see if they can find it.”

It now appears that the dog is back with its owner.

A Facebook Live posted to the account of a Karen Denton late the night of Nov. 19 appears to show Lady back home with its owner but apparently in need of a veterinarian.

That was followed by this plea for a veterinarian:

The following was posted Nov. 17 to the same account:

 

Those posts have since been made private or taken off Facebook.

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