MONTAUK - (AP) - An animal-welfare official says a Montauk man has been charged with beating and drop-kicking a puppy.

Suffolk County SPCA chief Roy Gross says the beating wascaptured on video. He says a witness contacted East Hampton townpolice, who summoned the SPCA.The 6-month-old boxer pup, named James, had escaped from hisyard.

Gross says the man, Daniel Vargus, is charged with felony animalcruelty. The name of his attorney was not immediately known.