In Panama City, Fla., Laila Brouwer's three-pound chihuahua died in her arms last week after a domestic argument with her ex-boyfriend ending up with her tiny dog being repeatedly slammed to the ground reported the NewsHerald.com.
The Panama Police were called to Brouwer's home on Allen Ave. where she cried as she held the limp, lifeless body of her defenseless chihuahua. Brouwer explained to authorities that she had broken up with her boyfriend, Raymond Young, and he was at her house picking up his belongings when an argument started.
Young grabbed the defenseless dog from Brouwer and shook it several times violently. As Brouwer tried to reach and rescue her dog, Young moved away and slammed the dog to the ground four times.
Young faces charges of felony animal cruelty and misdemeanor domestic battery. He was taken to the Bay County Jail.
According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (ASPCA) a strong documented connection exists between domestic violence and animal abuse. One New Jersey study showed 88% of families documenting physical abuse of children all had past histories of animal abuse. Sadly, many victims of domestic violence remain in these dangerous relationships to protect their pets.
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