MEDFORD, Ore. — A Medford man is under arrest for severely injuring a small dog.
Medford Police say on March 3rd, the dog’s owner handed it to his roommate after the dog urinated on the floor. The roommate, 29-year-old Christopher Lewis, then threw the dog 15 feet through the air into the backyard.
When the dog landed, it sustained serious injuries. Others in the home confronted Lewis about his actions and he left the residence. The dog was then taken to All Creatures Animal Hospital where it was treated for two broken legs, brain trauma, internal bleeding, and possible neck and jaw injuries.
The dog is a 2-month-old chihuahua named Whiskey. The dog’s owner, Joshua Prince, says it may never walk normally again.
“I’m emotionally wrecked. I’m confused. I’m still going through a lot, because he’s like my kid. I treat my animals like my kids,” Prince said.
Police later located Lewis in Medford and took him into custody. He now remains at the Jackson County Jail and is facing aggravated animal abuse in the 1st degree. His bail is set for $5,000.