Man out on $160 cash bond after animal cruelty arrest

Nicholas Prince is facing an animal cruelty charge for beating a dog, authorities say.
Nicholas Prince is facing an animal cruelty charge for beating a dog, authorities say.(Peoria County Sheriff’s Office)
Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 9:41 PM CDT
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PEORIA COUNTY (25 News Now) - A Peoria man is out on bond, accused of beating a dog while a camera was rolling. 25 News first shared that horrifying video Wednesday.

Nicholas Prince, 39, posted $160 in cash Wednesday. He was arrested in an ongoing animal cruelty investigation after a month-old video surfaced on social media.

This is not the first time he’s been accused of violence. Prince pleaded guilty to unlawful restraint and domestic battery in 2003 in Tazewell County.

As for this case, and that video, Taps No-Kill Animal Shelter says dozens of people reached out to them after viewing it. Executive Director Holly Crotty says it shows why people should speak up whenever they suspect abuse or neglect.

“I think it makes a difference more than people understand because, while the appropriate authorities may not be able to go in and confiscate the animals, they can go in and educate the owner and hopefully check up on those animals,” said Crotty.

Crotty says they often see neglected and abused animals, but she emphasized that some people hesitate to call animal control about a dog in trouble, fearing it would be put down. Their focus, she said, is to find a home for all pets.

As of Thursday, Prince is not facing charges from the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office.

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