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LAKE WALES (CBSMiami/AP) — Authorities have arrested a man they said used a sledgehammer to beat two dogs.

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Polk County Sheriff’s officials say an anonymous tipster helped them locate 49-year-old Tad Whitworth on Saturday.

Whitworth is charged with two counts of animal cruelty for allegedly beating the two dogs.

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The animals’ breeds and conditions were not known. It’s unclear if the dogs belonged to Whitworth.

He was arrested without incident at a home near Lake Wales. Authorities say he’s slated for a first appearance Sunday morning.

The two dogs are now in the care of the SPCA of Lakeland.

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