SARASOTA -- A 26-year-old man is facing animal cruelty charges after beating his puppy when it chewed up a decorative pillow, according to the Sarasota Police Department.
Steven Thompson, 26, of Sarasota, was charged with cruelty to animals with injury and released from the Sarasota County jail on a $1,500 bond.
Thompson took the 14-pound terrier mix puppy, Sugar, to an emergency clinic in Sarasota where veterinary staff determined the dog was in critical respiratory distress and suffering from internal injuries, the release stated. Sugar's recovery is expected to take time.
"It has been requested that no calls are placed to the veterinarian clinic or Animal Services at this time," the release stated.