WEST MELBOURNE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A Brevard County man is suspected of abusing his pet dog, a rescue.
The six-month-old pit bull mix named Duchess suffered numerous injuries, according to court documents, including a broken eye socket, swelling around it's head, and a broken hind leg. A veterinarian called police after determining the injuries were consistent with being kicked by a person.
The dog's owner, 20-year-old Justin Malloy, of West Melbourne, initially denied knowing how the dog was injured when he brought him to the Brevard County Animal Shelter for medical attention in December of last year. But after the dog owner was questioned by police, they say he admitted kicking the puppy for urinating on the floor.
"He became so enraged with the animal, that he kicked hard enough that he hit the wall for urinating in the apartment," explained Captain Rich Cordeau with the West Melbourne Police Department. "Mr. Malloy received injuries to his own foot, based on the force of that kick."
Police say the owner confessed, at one point, that he thought he broke his own foot.
After a five-month investigation by the State Attorney's Office, Malloy was arrested for intentionally injuring the adopted dog, which resulted in "unnecessary pain and suffering to the animal."
FOX 35 attempted to contact Malloy at his West Melbourne apartment, where the animal abuse allegedly happened, but there was no answer when we knocked on the door.
Malloy faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted. Duchess has been sent to a medical foster home and once fully recovered, she will be available for adoption.