On May 11, Manhattan resident Chris Grant pled guilty to animal cruelty for beating his girlfriend's 10-pound dog in the elevator of his Harlem housing project. He was sentenced to three months in jail.
In early January, while investigating the fatal stabbing of a nine-year-old boy, police officers uncovered video footage of a resident abusing a small dog in the building's elevator. The surveillance tapes depicted 21-year-old Grant violently kicking a black-and-white Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix, named Chuvi-Duvi.
Grant was arrested by NYPD officers two days later and charged with torturing and injuring an animal and resisting arrest. Chuvi-Duvi was transported to the ASPCA's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for treatment.
The ASPCA would like to commend the NYPD on taking swift and appropriate action in this case. Animal cruelty is a serious crime, and we are glad the victim in this case received justice.
In addition to his recent three-month sentence, Grant is currently serving a one-year jail term for an unrelated trespassing charge.
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