In Miami, Florida on Friday, prosecutors stood in front of a judge and added an additional charge of felony animal cruelty in the heinous “slapping and choking” death of a five-year-old Yorkshire terrier left to die in a Miami Beach parking lot on April 7. According to the Miami Herald, Sigman Hernandez, 40, confessed to “slapping and possibly choking” the six-pound Yorkshire terrier for vomiting in his car.
Hernandez was not present at the arraignment when prosecutors announced:
“We’re charging Sigman Andre Hernandez with two counts of cruelty to animals.”
Channel 7News reports the dog named Suzy had been discovered barely alive by an employee of Publix. Authorities rushed the suffering little pooch to an emergency veterinarian where Dr. Joy Carter stated the dog had seven fractured ribs, showed signs she had been strangled with a leash or collar and sustained severe head trauma.
Animal advocates showed up in front of the courthouse for a peaceful demonstration wearing red to symbolize the blood shed by Suzy inflicted upon her by Hernandez who has since entered a plea of not guilty for two felony counts of animal cruelty and a misdemeanor charge of abandonment. His trial is expected to begin on July 3.
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(Photos of slapping and choking Suzy via police released photo and Channel 7 News)
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