SELDEN, NY (WCBS 880) – A Long Island teenager is facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly beating and killing his ex-girlfriend’s dog last month.
Suffolk County police say Vincent Maio, 18, of Selden, is accused of throwing the 5-year-old Pomeranian, named Foxy, into a nightstand and punching it in the head.
Officials said the dog died after suffering multiple rib fractures and a punctured lung in the Jan. 31 incident.
Court records show Maio was arrested on Tuesday.
Suffolk County SPCA chief Roy Gross told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall the dog had been abused before this incident.