Man caught viciously kicking dog in elevator

January 6, 2010 3:08:11 PM PST
Police arrested a man they say was viciously kicking a dog in an residential elevator after officers caught the attack on closed-circuit video. The alert NYPD Housing Bureau officers were monitoring the cameras at the Grant Houses in Morningside Heights when they saw Charles Grant beating the dog in the elevator. He was charged with animal cruelty.

The dog, named Chuvi-Duvi, is a 1 1/2 year old, 12-pound pomchi, or Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix. The tiny pooch had an exam Tuesday, when blood was taken. X-rays will be conducted. He is currently at the Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital on the Upper East Side.

Click Here to watch the elevator surveillance video. WARNING: Content may be disturbing to some viewers.

The NYPD released the following statement:

"The NYPD observed an individual brutalizing a lap dog in an elevator at 3170 Broadway in Manhattan. NYPD officers manually controlled the cameras to track the suspect on his walk to a bodega across the street from the complex and back. Over the next two days, in an attempt to identify the dogs assailant, the officers circulated pictures of the suspect taken from the video and continued to monitor the developments cameras closely in the event the attacker returned. Two days later, and on January 4, the same team was able to direct uniformed officers to 3170 Broadway, where he was visiting his girlfriend, the dog's owner, to effect his arrest for torturing and injuring an animal, and resisting arrest."

The horrific incident occurred just an hour after the same officers located a man suspected of stabbing 9-year-old Anthony Maldonado. That man, Alejandro Morales, was arrested and charged with murder.

The officers were given recognition certificates by Commissioner Raymond Kelly.