In Sarasota County, a 26-year-old dog owner named Steven Thompson was arrested for beating his tiny puppy.
The reason Thompson beat the 9-month-old puppy was because the dog had chewed a decorative pillow.
The puppy, Sugar, was taken to an emergency clinic in Sarasota and was in respiratory distress and had internal injuries. Thompson admitted that he had thrown the puppy against the floor and hit her several times with a closed fist after finding the dog with the destroyed pillow.
The pillow reportedly belonged to owner’s girlfriend. As a sort of defense, he said he lost it when he saw the pillow – he had just gotten off a 12-hour shift as a server at a restaurant.
Thompson did have bite wounds on his hands and knuckles, according to the arrest report. The Herald Tribune also reported that Thompson was remorseful and cooperative a the Sarasota County Jail.
The puppy was in the capable hands of the veterinary staff while she recovered. Thompson was charged with cruelty to animals but was released on $1,500 bond.