At about 1:23pm Thursday afternoon, Turlock Police responded to an animal abuse in progress at Regal Cinemas in the 2300 block of W. Main Street, after several witnesses had reported that there was a man holding a dog down and hitting it, causing it to yelp.
Officers arrived on scene and contacted two subjects, including Jerry Bays, 39, of Modesto.
Through the investigation, the witness accounts were confirmed by surveillance video.
Bays was arrested and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on the charge of animal abuse.
The dog was taken by the Animal Services Unit for treatment and is currently in good health.