A Slidell woman whose Facebook post of her ex-boyfriend choking her dog went viral, has the 3-year-old Doberman, Ruby Jean, safely back at home after Slidell Police arrested the man and retrieved the dog.
Slidell Police announced the arrest on the department’s Facebook page Tuesday. Police obtained an arrest warrant for Shane Mitchell, 30, for cruelty to animals based on the video and also got a court order to return the dog to its owner.
The woman, Rachelle Fassy, said that the incident took place on the morning of Mother’s Day. She had ended what she described as a very bad relationship, she said, and had moved into her own place when Mitchell showed up at her new home.
She said she let him in because he was threatening her, but he grabbed the dog’s leash and wouldn’t give her back.
What happened next was caught on Fassy’s Ring doorbell video. Mitchell can be seen, with the dog, ringing the door bell, and Fassy’s voice can be heard telling him, “I called the cops.”
She says now that she had not, in fact, called police at that point.
Mitchell replied, “I don’t care,” and then the video shows him yanking up on the dog’s leash, choking the animal, as Fassy is heard screaming, “No, no, stop.”
“I didn’t call (police) until later that day,” she said. “He kept telling me (he) would bring her back. But by Mother’s Day night, I just knew I wasn’t getting her back. She was basically being held for ransom, because I didn’t want to be with him.”
She said Mitchell had never done anything like that to the dog before.
In a news release, Slidell Police said they were notified early Monday morning and began efforts to locate Mitchell, who was believed to have gone to the Baton Rouge area or to be in an apartment complex in Slidell.
Several undercover detectives set up surveillance and were able to find him at 11 a.m. Tuesday at an apartment complex on Oak Harbor Boulevard, where he was taken into custody without incident.
Mitchell was being held Tuesday at the Slidell City Jail, and other counts could follow, Slidell police said.
Fassy thanked the Slidell Police Department for recovering her dog. While she had earlier expressed frustration on social media, she said Tuesday that she had been impatient and that the police had to follow legal channels.
“I want to personally thank each and everyone of y’all who made every attempt to lead me to my ruby !” she posted of Facebook. “I esp want to give my biggest thank you to the Slidell police department for retrieving my dog and everyone that helped bring her back in the matter! Praying and having faith came a long way! Ruby is with me! We are headed home ! Thankful no one was hurt anymore than what was !”
Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said that he was sickened by the video. “How someone can hurt a defenseless animal is beyond me…We are glad this had a happy ending for both the dog and her owner.”
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