Mastic Beach man charged with cruelty to Doberman

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A Mastic Beach man is facing animal cruelty charges after he allegedly zapped his dog repeatedly with a shock collar.

The Suffolk SPCA says Brian Hills, 41, shocked his 2-year-old Doberman until it screamed out in pain.

Shock collars are legal, but authorities say Hills used them for long periods of time in an abusive manner.

News 12 Long Island went to Hills' Mills Drive home to ask him about the charges, but despite lights and television being on inside, no one answered the door. There was a dog visible inside, but it's unclear whether that was the same Doberman he allegedly tortured.

If convicted of the misdemeanor offense, he faces a $1,000 fine or up to a year in jail. He's due in court in February.

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