KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Thrown off a balcony, hit and strangled – that's what witnesses said they watched a woman do to her little dog and now she faces a felony charge of animal abuse.
Kansas City has had at least 470 animal cruelty and neglect cases this year, and KC Pet Project employees described this case as one of the worst they've ever seen.
“You hear of something like that happening to another living being and you just can’t imagine that anyone would ever do something like that to an animal,” said Tori Fugate, the manager of marketing and development for the KC Pet Project. “How do you comprehend something like that happening?”
Roadrunner was injured in November when prosecutors said his owner, Kimberly Anderson, threw him off the third floor balcony, hit him and then choked him with a leash. The dog's injuries were so bad, both of his eyes had to be removed and he's undergone several surgeries.
“It was devastating to see those photos,” Fugate said.
Anderson is now charged with animal abandonment and felony animal abuse.
Anderson and her fiancé, Darrell Doron, deny she hurt the dog, as she told police Roadrunner got hit by a car.
“None of this true,” Doron said Wednesday night just minutes after police arrested Anderson. “Kimberly is a good woman, a good animal lover, she would never do anything like this to any of her animals.”
It’s a story the Jackson County prosecutor and KC Pet Project just don’t buy.
“It’s really, really great to hear that justice is finally being served for Roadrunner,” Fugate said of the charges. “We’re doing all that we can to give him a speedy recovery and of course, showering him with the love that he deserves.”
Roadrunner is now living with a foster family while he continues to recover. Fugate said once he is healed, he will be up for adoption.