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.READ MORE: Funeral Held For NYPD Det. Jason Rivera, 22-Year-Old Killed In Line Of Duty In Harlem
Officials said the dog died after suffering multiple rib fractures and a punctured lung in the Jan. 31 incident.READ MORE: New York City Braces For Major Winter Storm; DSNY Pretreats Roads, Has 1,800 Snow Plows Ready
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Suffolk County SPCA chief Roy Gross told WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall the dog had been abused before this incident.