Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tennessee: Charges have been filed in the case of ex-Middle Tennessee State University football players Justin Akins and Shalom Alvarez after video of puppy beating goes viral

TENNESSEE -- Charges have been filed in the case of two ex-MTSU players investigated for animal cruelty, according to Rutherford County PAWS.

“Rutherford County PAWS was contacted by a concerned citizen regarding a Snapchat video they had seen of a puppy being hit," Rutherford County PAWS Director Michael Gregory said.

9-second video clip of the abuse

"Due to the difficult nature of the case, Murfreesboro Police Department was contacted and Det. Kristy Inglish took a huge role in investigating and working to piece together the incident.

"The Middle Tennessee Athletics Department, mainly head football coach Rick Stockstill, was very cooperative in our investigation as well.  This is just one more example of several local agencies working together to ensure that our citizens, including those with four legs, are protected.”

Both Justin Akins and Shalom Alvarez were dismissed from the MTSU football team Friday after a video was posted on Akins' Snapchat account in which Alvarez can be seen repeatedly striking a puppy, according to an MPD police report.

PAWS did not say who the charges were filed against, and MPD hadn't released the names as of who was arrested.

Akins played in all 13 games last season and recorded 27 tackles and led all linemen with four pass breakups.

He recorded 1.5 sacks over the past two seasons.

Alvarez joined the Blue Raiders in 2016 but did not play in any games.

(DNJ - April 17, 2017)


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