Staten Island man kicks 8-month-old Yorkie down flight of stairs

An allegedly drunk Staten Island man who kicked a defenseless eight-month-old Yorkshire terrier down a flight of stairs was indicted on Wednesday for animal cruelty. Michael McNicholas, 24, was arrested on May 18 at his home at the Emerson Hill Apartments after witnesses stated he kicked the puppy named Banana down the stairs.

According to the Daily News, McNicholas now faces aggravated cruelty to animals and torturing and injuring animals. When authorities arrived, McNicholas told them he had been drinking because he was upset it had been the anniversary of his mother’s death.

“I kicked the dog and it flew across the stairs into the wall,” he told police about the incident.

Tragically Banana suffered fatal injuries including traumatic brain injury, eye hemorrhages, rib and hip fractures, multiple liver lacerations and multiple contusions. The puppy was humanely euthanized despite veterinary efforts to save her at the South Shore Animal Hospital.

McNicholas was free on $1,000 bond.

(Photo of Staten Island pup kicked down the stairs by his owner courtesy of Richmond County District Attorney)

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