In Miami Beach, Florida, police have arrested and charged Sigman Hernandez for allegedly beating a Yorkie and leaving the severely injured dog in a Publix supermarket parking garage near a trash receptacle. According to the Miami Herald, Hernandez confessed to “slapping and possibly choking” the six-pound Yorkshire terrier for vomiting in his car.
Earlier in the day, when authorities identified Hernandez from the surveillance camera videos and asked him to come into the Miami Police Department for questioning, the suspect denied everything – telling police he had found the suffering dog outside and brought her into the garage so she wouldn’t get hit by a car. Hernandez then told police he had to leave for work as a delivery person after using the rest room.
More questions, more excuses and then finally came the disturbing details of having slapped and possibly choked his defenseless dog:
“The defendant admitted to pushing his dog with his feet while the dog lay on the garage floor,” the officer wrote in Hernandez’s report. “The defendant then abandoned his dog to suffer without providing care and assistance.”
The Yorkshire terrier, dubbed Lily by her rescuers, was found by an employee in the garage located at West Avenue on April 7. She was rushed to an emergency veterinarian hospital in critical condition by responding police officers. Upon examination, veterinarians determined the dog dubbed Lily by her rescuers, suffered from seven broken ribs on her left side and two broken ribs on her right side. Her neck was also swollen, and her eyes were bloodshot indicating she may have also been strangled. Despite doctors doing their best, Lily died two days later.
The surveillance video captured a man in a red Toyota Yaris in the garage the day Lily was found. The man can be seen removing something from his car. At one point he is seen moving up and down – in the spot where Lily’s dying body was found.