Updated:STATESVILLE, N.C. —
A Statesville teen faces felony animal cruelty charges after police said he cut off a puppy’s ears.
Officers said Alvertis Hughes, 17, was trying to clip the ears, but say it didn’t work so he cut off the pit bull puppy's ears.
They found the dog at a house on Hill Street.
Hughes was arrested Wednesday, police said.
He also faces a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty for failing to provide adequate care and sustenance for the pup.
His bond was set at $5,000.
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