Alleged dog-kicking security guard arrested

A former security guard has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty after surveillance video showed him brutally kicking a small dog two months ago, while on-duty at a San Francisco grocery store.

On March 16, Charles Moore was working as a security guard at a Safeway located at 2300 16th Street, according to San Francisco Animal Care and Control officials.

Moore allegedly got into a confrontation with a man who had a small male Chihuahua mix with him. During the confrontation, Moore allegedly intentionally kicked the dog twice, ACC officials said.

Following the assault, the dog, named Rosco, ran away.

Rosco was later fatally struck by a car near Fell and Pierce streets. A Good Samaritan transported Rosco to the San Francisco Pet Hospital, where a scan of his body revealed a microchip, which led to the dog’s owner, according to ACC officials.

The original incident in which Moore kicked the dog was captured on the store’s surveillance video.

Moore will be charged with felony animal cruelty and misdemeanor battery, San Francisco District Attorney spokesman Alex Bastian said.

Moore’s bail has been set at $50,000 and no court date has been scheduled yet, according to Bastian.

Moore faces fines of up to $20,000 and possibly jail time for the incident, ACC officials said.