A 29-year-old Brunswick man is facing charges of aggravated animal cruelty after an investigation determined that, according to police, the man "repeatedly struck and threw his dog against a wall."

According to a release from Brunswick Police Patrol Commander Marc Hagen, Robert LaChance was summonsed for Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, a class C crime, on March 10. Hagen said the charge against LaChance comes from a Feb. 28 complaint about LaChance's alleged mistreatment of Buddy, his year-old black Labrador mix.

Hagen said police investigated the incident and found that in addition to the reports that LaChance hit the dog and threw it against a wall, the dog was also suffering from an untreated fractured leg that had happened about a week before. Hagen added that the dog's fractured leg had to be amputated.

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According to Hagen, LaCahnce no longer has custody of Buddy, and the dog is being treated at an "undisclosed veterinary location" until a new owner can be found.

LaChance is due to appear in Portland's Cumberland County Superior Court on May 17.