The Dog Beater Next Door
Video surveillance captured two cases of extreme dog abuse in the same Manhattan public housing building- oneof them this past weekend. The perp in that incident, heartless and cruel Tiara Davis, was arrested Monday.
Sunday's incident left Sparky, a 4-year-old Pomeranian, unconscious, according to the ASPCA.
Things began to go wrong in the Grant Houses in Morningside Heights, when Davis waited too long to take her dog out to relieve himself.
When she finally got around to caring for her Sparky, he couldn't quite hold it in long enough. The dog relieved himself in the elevator. That's when the camera caught Davis- who is 5-feet-5 and weighs 200 pounds-yanking and kicking the helpless nine-pound pup until it lost consciousness. (Video here.) He's recovering at the ASPCA.
Ms. Davis, who, ironically, works as a counselor for ex-offenders, claims she didn't mean to hurt the dog, according to the New York Daily News. Maybe her ex-offenders have beaten any compassion for defenseless animals out of Ms. Davis.
This incident comes nipping at the heels of another one in the same housing project. Chris Grant, 21, is charged with torturing his girlfriend's Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix by viciously kicking -also in an elevator - on January 2.
Of course, video cameras can't act alone. The real praise goes to the "viper cops" who monitor the surveillance cameras and notify police officers to respond. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly honored five members of the Viper unit in the Grant case-Lt. Jason Savino, Sgt. Christopher Dixon, Detective Michael Oner and Officers Raul Gabriel and Naetron King- for taking this and other matters seriously.
Do people deserve to lose their public-housing apartment if charged with animal cruelty? Let's hope abusers like Davis and Grant are punished to the full extent of the law - in other words, let's throw them the to dogs.