Man charged with torturing dog after puppy found bound in tape, deputies say

A Kentucky man was charged with torturing a dog after investigators found a puppy Tuesday bound with tape around its muzzle and legs along the side of the road.

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Deputies said Jayce Bryant, 32, taped the puppy's legs and snout after being bitten by it. He then dropped off the 6- to 9-month-old Labrador-Great Dane mix on the side of the road, investigators said.

Bryant told investigators he was going to take the tape off the puppy but it escaped before he could.

“(The puppy) suffered the utmost serious physical injury caused by having his muzzle taped shut for an extended period of time,” veterinarian Russell Jones told investigators.

Bryant was arrested Thursday and charged with torturing a dog with serious physical injuries,

Bryant, who worked at the McCracken County Jail, was fired.

"Upon being made aware of the incident and the admission, I immediately terminated his employment and in no way condone what actions have been taken," McCracken County jailer David Knight said in a statement.

The puppy was named Hero and is recovering.

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