A business CEO was caught on horrifying video violently tossing around and slapping his 4-month-old pup — and cops have now launched an investigation into the incident, reports say.
Jeffrey Previte, the 46-year-old head of a California environmental-consulting firm, was caught on the disturbing surveillance footage grabbing his pitbull Beachy by the ear and neck as he dragged the pooch into a hallway off the parking garage at his Santa Monica condominium building Aug. 22, the Daily Mail said.
A worker manning the front desk said he heard the dog crying, prompting him to review the footage.
“I heard the dog screaming, and when I looked on the camera, I saw [Previte] … choking and slapping the dog,” the worker told the Mail. “He even slammed the poor dog against the wall.’’
The worker said he called Previte and told him he planned on filing a report with the building’s management.
“He became irate .. and then he hung up on me,’’ the worker said, adding that Previte “apologized the next day.’’
The employee ended up filing a report with management over the incident, the Mail said.
Santa Monica cops then posted a statement on Facebook on Thursday saying they “received information regarding a potential animal cruelty incident’’ Sept. 4 and launched a probe, Heavy.com said.
The police said detectives would be working with the local district attorney’s office regarding possible animal-cruelty charges. The cops did not respond to a Post request for comment Friday.
Previte, the head of EBI Consulting, was unable to be reached by The Post on Friday.
But he did not deny to the Mail what was on the video, although he accused the building worker of trying to extort him over it.
“I think this is very unfortunate that this has come across your desk. I don’t even know exactly what to say, but I will say this,’’ Previte told the outlet.
“[The concierge] called me the evening of this interaction with my dog, and that was at nine o’ clock at night, and he attempted to extort money from me so that he wouldn’t report it to the building.
“There’s nothing illegal about what I did,’’ Previte said.
“I said [to the worker], ‘If you need to tell the building, tell the building. ”
Previte’s father, Frank Previte, who founded the company, told TMZ that EBI has launched its own investigation into the incident and that Jeffrey could be disciplined. The dad said he had spoken to his son but wouldn’t talk about their conversation.
Meanwhile, the building’s management told the Mail in a statement, “The apparent conduct of the unit owner was abhorrent and completely unacceptable.
“Building management stands behind our employee and we took swift action including contacting animal control and directing the resident to cease all contact with our employee.”
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