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Neighbor who lives close to man charged with animal cruelty says she heard dog cry often

The apt of the Joshua Mitsumatsu.

A man accused of beating his dog was released from jail Tuesday.

Police responded to the incident Sunday at Villa Sierra apartments.

Neighbors said 29-year-old Joshua Mitsumatsu kept to himself and didn't really show signs that he was abusive towards animals.

Bianca Oliver lives in the apartment above Mitsumatsu.

"I was going to the laundry room and the police officers were outside and so was animal services and they asked me a few questions and asked me if I knew him,” said Oliver.

Oliver recalled the night police knocked on her door.

"I did let them know that I would hear it crying but I thought, just because it was outside, that it wanted to be inside the house or something like that,” she said of Mitsumatsu's dog.

Investigators obtained video showing the owner picking up the shepherd mix dog and throwing it to the ground.

The dog is now with Law N Paws, a nonprofit organization that fosters abused animals.

Martia LaManna is a representative of the organization. She said she deals with animal abuse cases every day.

"We work with the community and have fosters throughout the city and provide therapeutic homes for these animals so they can get rehabilitated,” said LaManna.

“The (El Paso) Police Department has just instituted a new unit specifically for animal cruelty and so this unit is going to be managing these kinds of cases and being able to bring these individuals to justice,” she said.

LaManna believes people like Mitsumatsu shouldn't be given a chance to own any animals.

"From what I have witnessed as being a foster with Law N Paws, I don’t even want to provide it as an opportunity to care for these animals. They deserve the best," she said.

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