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Animal shelter worker seen beating dog in video

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Surveillance video shows a man, who works at the DeKalb County Animal Shelter, filling up a bowl with dog food and going into a cage Wednesday morning. Police said he then appeared to beat the dog with a bowl, and was also later seen kicking that dog.

That man, Calvin Battle, 26, was arrested and charged with one count of misdemeanor cruelty to animals.

Police said it was a sergeant in the Animal Cruelty Unit who saw Battle, on video, inside the DeKalb County shelter Wednesday morning repeatedly beat the dog.

Battle worked for LifeLine Animal Project, an organization contracted to manage DeKalb County Animal Services.

LifeLine's executive director, Rebecca Guinn, said she couldn't believe what she saw in the video.

"We were stunned," Guinn said. "We have a zero tolerance policy for any kind of mistreatment of the animals and we were mortified by this."

Guinn said Battle will no longer work with LifeLine. She said her organization looked into his experience as a groomer, and didn't find reports of abusive behavior.

"There's a background check and reference checks, so we had no indication that he did not know how to handle animals," Guinn said. "This is a gentleman who came to us with a good deal of experience on his resume. Obviously it's not the kind of experience that we want."

Police immediately launched a criminal investigation and the dog involved in the incident, as well as two other dogs that were in the kennel, were taken to a veterinarian to be checked for injuries.

Police are still investigating to determine if Battle was involved in any additional incidents.

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