A Skyway man has been charged with animal cruelty after allegedly choking his family’s puppy in October.
Carlos Anderson, 38, apparently squeezed the 5-month-old Pomeranian so hard that her right eye popped out of its socket, according to charging documents. The dog, named Missy, was treated at a nearby clinic but may have permanently lost the ability to see out of that eye.
The incident, which occurred Oct. 31, was apparently the climax of a string of erratic behaviors by Anderson, who lives with his mother and brother, according to charging documents. Anderson was involuntarily committed Oct. 26 and released the next day.
On Halloween evening, Anderson’s brother told police that he was playing a video game in his room when he heard Missy yelp loudly from the living room, according to the documents. The brother allegedly discovered Anderson holding the dog by its neck.
The brother was able to get Anderson’s hands off the puppy, at which point Anderson said “you have to fix it before mom gets home,” according to the documents.
The clinic classified Missy’s injuries as a result of “animal abuse,” according to the documents.
First-degree animal cruelty is a felony.
Anderson will next appear in court for a case setting Jan. 9, officials say.