Sparkle, who is a few months shy of turning a year old, was vomiting blood after the incident Tuesday night at her Grove Street home, according to police.
Officers were called to the home by three teenagers who were walking by and said they saw the dog being thrown through the air and kicked.
Steven Randolph Frazier, 39, is charged with cruelty to animals, possession of drug paraphernalia and other charges related to the incident.
Frazier's wife, Bridget Brewer, said Frazier was angry that she wouldn't let him pick up their 9-month-old son from the babysitter. Brewer said Frazier took $80 from her purse and drank too much alcohol. Brewer said she wasn't home when the dog was attacked.
The teens told police that Frazier told them to, "get the (expletive) away from my yard."
One of the teens asked him if the dog was OK because she saw the dog vomiting blood. Frazier told the girls again to leave.
The teen told police that Frazier picked up Sparkle by her collar and threw her against the back door, kicked her three times and then picked her up and threw her inside the house.
Police said they found blood on the sidewalk and the back door. A puddle of blood was still present inside Brewer's dining room when she invited Pittsburgh's Action News 4 into the home.
"If he can be this heartless to an animal, what will he do if he's alone with my children?" Brewer said.
"What hurts me the most is that this wasn't my dog nor was it Steven's dog -- this was my child's dog," Brewer said.
Sparkle is being cared for by veterinarians at the Humane Society. Kennel manager Ashley Shoup said she came in after hours Tuesday to care for Sparkle.
"She was very shaken up from the stress and abuse that she had by her owner," Shoup said. "She was vomiting up blood, so we wanted to make sure that she was OK."
Shoup said Sparkle did not suffer serious internal injuries. Bleeding on her neck from being thrown by the collar was cleaned and did not cause a serious injury.
"She's doing amazingly wonderful today," Shoup said. "She is the happiest dog that we have. She actually knocked me over giving me kisses."
Because of the pending criminal case involving Sparkle, she will not be immediately available for adoption.
Those interested in donating to the Humane Society of Westmoreland County for Sparkle's care or the care of other animals can click here or call 724-837-3779.
Full Name: Steven Randolph Frazier
Total Bond: $125,000
#1 Use/poss Of Drug Paraph
STATUTE: 35 780-113 A32 M
#2 Cruelty To Animals
STATUTE: 18 5511 A2.1IA M1
#3 Public Drunkenness And Similar Misconduct
STATUTE: 18 5505 -
#4 Disorder Conduct Hazardous/physi Off
STATUTE: 18 5503 A4
#5 Flight To Avoid Appreh/trial/punish
STATUTE: 18 5126 A
(WTAE - March 1, 2017)