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Elevator surveillance nabs dog abuser


New York City police investigating the fatal stabbing of a nine-year-old came across an unrelated crime — a small dog being repeatedly kicked in an elevator at the Grant Houses.

The assault showed up on surveillance cameras being monitored by police, leading them to arrest Chris Grant, the Manhattan man seen in the video.

Grant, 21, is seen in the footage dragging a friend’s 12-pound Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix, named Chuvi-Duvi, into the Grant Houses elevator. He kicks the dog, pets it, then kicks it again.

On his way back up the elevator, after a trip to a nearby deli, the same scene plays out again.

Police say Chuvi-Duvi didn’t suffer any broken bones in last Saturday’s attack and is recovering at Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital.

Officers from the police department’s Viper unit watched the attack from a remote location and arrested Grant two days later.

“I’m not trusting nobody with my dog,” said the pup’s owner, Melvin Rodriguez, 22, who picked the pooch up from the ASPCA.

The squad started tracking down Grant just an hour after they helped make an arrest in the fatal stabbing of 9-year-old Anthony Maldonado in the same Morningside Heights complex.

The Viper squad is responsible for monitoring surveillance cameras in city housing projects.


Comment from sherri
Time January 7, 2010 at 3:41 pm

i would love to get my hands on this coward. what a big tough man to kick a defenseless 12lb dog.

Comment from Justin
Time January 7, 2010 at 6:51 pm

OMG. This kills me. Please tell me the dog didn’t go back to the original owner?!?! Man this makes me blood boil. Poor pup.

Comment from Barbara
Time January 7, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I could not help my tears. A misdemeanor?? Are you serious?? How bout some time in jail so that someone bigger than him could pound his ass from the beg to the end of his sentence.

Comment from Hannah
Time January 7, 2010 at 9:22 pm

This upset me so much. What a low life to attack a dog like this. I’m sure he’s just as much of a creep outside a private elevator. Thank goodness for cameras. Go to hell Chris Grant.

Comment from Sarah
Time January 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm

the gothamist.com website has post on this. One person recommended writing the NYC housing authority to make sure that Chris Grant is evicted.

Send a message to the NYCHA using this form: http://www.nyc.gov/html/mail/html/mailnycha.html

Ask them if Chris Grant has been evicted. Also be sure to ask them if Fabian Henderson, the now infamous “dog thrower”, has been evicted. The NYCHA is a colossal failure, but it doesn’t mean that the public shouldn’t put pressure on them to do the right thing once in a while.

Comment from Dan
Time January 8, 2010 at 4:46 am

Anyone have this guy’s address/phone?

Comment from Carolyn
Time January 8, 2010 at 10:22 am

Since law enforcement will not give justice, everyone should post his face all over NY. When people see him, they should kick his head like a soccer ball.

Comment from Z
Time January 8, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Posting his photo would be good so that everyone can take a good look at this coward because nothing will be done to him because what he did, he did to an animal.
Unfortunately we have to wait until he hurts or kills a human being. By the looks of it you know that it will probably be a child or a woman because he definitely won’t go after someone his size or larger. This is a pathetic human being but more pathetic is that our justice system allows animal abuse of all kinds. Anybody that is caught will get a slap on the wrist. I am saddened that this is allowed to continue.

Comment from Vic DeHaven
Time January 10, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Here is the info exactly as is posted on the NYPD website on You Tube as
“Arrest for Animal Cruelty”:

“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 dogs owner to effect his arrest for torturing and injuring an animal, and resisting arrest. Chuvi-Duvi, the 12-pound pomchi, or Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix, was removed from his owners apartment and treated at Bergh ASPCA Hospital in Manhattan, where she remained in good condition”

Comment from fireworkmike
Time January 14, 2010 at 12:02 am

I hope the little dog will be okay. What kind of a so called man would do this to a defenseless animal? I really feel for the people of New York if this sick bastard is not sent away to get some help. If this piece of garbage wants to kick someone let him try to kick me and see what happens.

Comment from ashton
Time January 17, 2010 at 3:35 pm

People like him make me sick he should be kicked then beaten until he cries

Comment from Denise
Time January 19, 2010 at 11:58 am

Dear Lord, what kind of person can harm such a defenseless animal. And yet the poor baby came back to him after the kicking. I hope that scum bag rots in jail. Although he probably has no feelings any way. I wonder if he would enjoy a beating. That poor dog – I am glad he is recovering – I shed tears when I saw that video. I am a member of the aspca and I care about all animals.

Comment from dahlia
Time January 22, 2010 at 8:38 am

this is horrible and depressing. this b*******is sick. he is not fit to keep dogs, little children, nothing.
i want to be a vigilante and give him the exact same treatment
BTW, i hope the dogs have been adopted in better homes????

Comment from ThisTime
Time January 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm

I plan on tracking this cockface down.

Comment from me
Time January 23, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Grant, you mother*****. Better watch your back from now on.
We will be waiting for you inside the Elevators.

Good luck you piece of sh***.

Comment from Ron
Time January 28, 2010 at 10:18 am

What an a@@ hole

Comment from Brian
Time April 2, 2010 at 3:52 am

He’ll get paid back, no doubt about it. Some how, some way, he’ll get the payback he deserves. This boy is a loser and a chicken sh**. Unbelievable that there are people like this, but when the devil is inside you than you’re capable of doing cold things like this. Poor pup … I have a little dog about that size and if I EVER saw him or another animal getting assaulted like that, the abuser can say night-night because he ain’t gettin’ back up. Believe that!

Comment from geilcourt
Time May 13, 2010 at 3:47 pm

He got 3 months in jail.
Which means he’ll be out in 4 weeks, I guess.
Not enough… he shoulda got kicked around a BIG elevator!!!

Comment from Kelly
Time July 8, 2010 at 3:56 pm

fatal stabbing of 9-year-old Anthony Maldonado!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!! what dog?

Comment from kreeves
Time August 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I made the mistake and watched this video. I’m so upset and sickened that I almost don’t know how to deal with it. I swear on my life, if I ever witnessed something like that, I would kill the mother f******. What purpose does it serve to beat on those little angels? Their entire being is to make people happy. I hope and pray that someone finds that piece of s**** and takes care of him. May he forever rest in hell!

Comment from Anonymous
Time November 6, 2010 at 5:53 am

Chris grant is gay?? What?? Haha…what a looser…can’t believe that he would let something so small get to him. What a sicko! He is not worth my time or anger, he is a waste of time n he should have stayed in jail. If I were him, I’d be watching my back every minute of the day, see how he likes it. Someone should give him a bit of his own medicine if not worse! Good luck buddy, you’ll
Be needing it. There’s a lot of angry ppl, it called KARMA B**CH!!

Comment from Andrea
Time May 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm

f***ing dirtbag… what i would LOVE to do to this asshole – I am SICKENED – Maybe if this clown had a JOB and WORKED for a living he’d find better ways to occupy his time.

Comment from Margene
Time September 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Sick just sick! This wasn’t the first time! I’m sure he has the makings of one sick SOB!

Comment from pissed
Time September 10, 2012 at 10:32 pm

loser loser loser, has mommy issues. he needs to be put away. Sick person that god will handle one day

Comment from GetMeA-Knife
Time January 25, 2013 at 10:10 pm

HollyShit, I’m completely disturbed. Never do i ever want to hear about anymore animal abuse. Just sickening. Hope these people rot in jail,

Comment from GetMeA-Knife
Time January 25, 2013 at 10:12 pm

If I were put in the same room as these people, someone would seriously need to tie me up, cause if i weren’t, id murder those people… screw “2 wrongs don’t make a right”
Don’t you touch dat’ animal, Y’all moefo animal abusers.

Comment from GetMeA-Knife
Time January 25, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Seeing Sh*t like this makes me want to F*cking Get out my butter knife, imma but it threw those butter brains.. Assholes.