Puppy recovering after deliberately thrown from second floor porch

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A border collie-mix was seriously injured after investigators said a Kansas City man deliberately threw the pup off a second floor porch.

Police said the suspected animal abuse happened near Lawndale Avenue and St. John Avenue in northeast Kansas City.

One neighbor told FOX 4's Robert Townsend that the suspect threw Max, the border collie-mix, off the porch and onto the ground.

"I'm a very big dog lover and it broke my heart," neighbor Brenda Thomas said.

The suspect, Tommy L. North, 48, had previously been charged with a misdemeanor charge of animal abuse in a separate case on January 4, 2016, but he has not been cited or charged in connection with the alleged abuse against Max.

Thomas, who says North lives next door to her,  said her friend owned the dog and was staying at her apartment on Aug. 4 when Max was out on the upper floor porch. When Max wouldn't stop barking, the dog's former owner said Tommy North threw it off on to the ground.

Max was rushed to KC Pet Project by a Kansas City, Mo. animal control officer, suffering from a leg fracture; his front teeth were knocked out and his lungs were bruised from the fall.

Thomas said North is an Air Force veteran who suffers post-traumatic stress disorder.

"He got upset and tried to shut the dog up, and the dog wouldn't shut up, and over the balcony it went," Thomas said.

FOX 4 has learned in the case stemming from January Tommy North has another misdemeanor charge pending against him for the starvation death of his dog, a male pitbull mix, found dead along the fence line in a vacant lot near 45th and Forest. When animal control officers arrived at North's home, they say they found a padlocked chain around the railing to the back porch stairs. They say North admitted to them that he had no collar for the dog and kept the chain around his neck.  North reportedly told the officers that the dog had died on Jan. 1st, but that he couldn't bury him because the ground was too hard.

Max is now recovering at KC Pet Project. He will require surgery before he is available to go to a foster home and ultimately be adopted by a new owner.

KC Pet Project is asking for donations to their Roadrunner Medical Fund for Max's surgery. It is expected to cost about $2,500.

Courtesy: KC Pet Project

Courtesy: KC Pet Project

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