On January 11, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) received a tip from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) that a Manhattan woman was caught on video kicking and leash-choking her nine-pound dog. The incident occurred in the Grant Houses in Morningside Heights, the same public housing project where surveillance video captured an unrelated dog beating only two weeks prior.
At approximately 2:00 A.M. on Sunday, the NYPD's in-elevator surveillance system captured Tiara Davis beating Sparky, her four-year-old Pomeranian. The 31-year-old apparently lost her temper after Sparky urinated on the elevator floor. The video clearly shows Davis punching, kicking and swinging the small dog by his neck until he blacked out. PLEASE NOTE that the video footage is of a graphic and violent nature and is not suitable for all viewers. Viewer discretion is advised. The video can be seen here.
After consulting with the NYPD, HLE Special Agents Omar Negrillo and Brad English visited the scene, where the suspect, who works as a vocational counselor for ex-offenders, told them she never meant to hurt the dog. Davis cooperated by signing custody of Sparky over to the ASPCA and he was immediately brought to the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for a medical evaluation.
Tiara was subsequently arrested and charged with torturing and injuring an animal, a misdemeanor. Sparky is currently recovering at the ASPCA hospital.
"The ASPCA is pleased that NYPD is diligently examining security footage with a focus on protecting both people and their pets," says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel for the Humane Law Enforcement department. "Prompt police reaction here enabled the ASPCA to apprehend the abuser."
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