George Harris was arrested on August 28, 2013 on charges of first degree animal cruelty after several days of visits from police officers in Tacoma. He had started contacting the police in Tacoma on Monday and alleged that his house had been broken into by a neighbor and then contacted the police again the following day with a similar claim. Then on Wednesday a frantic woman called 911 stating that her neighbor had thrown her Chihuahua out the window of the second floor of the apartment building. When police arrived they found that it was George Harris who allegedly threw the dog from the building.
Police officers in Tacoma say that George Harris did appear to be suffering from some sort of mental issue and that those issues were apparent on their visits and conversations with him before the Chihuahua was thrown from the window. George Harris had told police officers that his neighbor had attacked him and beat him with their hands and a shovel but no such injuries were apparent to the officers. It is not clear why he said these things or why he claimed several times that his neighbor has broken into his home. What is clear is that he has now been charged with first degree animal cruelty for throwing the Chihuahua out of the second floor window.
The Chihuahua was rushed to the Tacoma Humane Society where it was treated for a fracture but is expected to fully recover. At this time George Harris is being held on a $25,000 bond and has been officially charged with first degree animal cruelty. Although he did deny throwing the Chihuahua from the window, the small dog's owner did show police text messages that she had received from George Harris telling her that he was going to war with her. There was no explanation as to why he would declare war with his neighbor or why he would throw the Chihuahua out of the second floor window.