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Yorkie beaten, boyfriend of actress charged

emmitThe boyfriend of Broadway actress Ashley Yeater has been charged with whipping and kicking her Yorkshire terrier after the 6-pound dog bit him.

Joseph Graves, 30, admitted to investigators he beat the dog, named Emmit, in January, the New York Daily News reports.

“I flew into a rage. Emmit bit me, so I hit him with a belt buckle and kicked him,” prosecutors quote Graves as saying.

Graves took Emmit to a veterinary hospital two days later, after the 4-year-old terrier was vomiting and had stopped eating. Hospital staff, after determining the dog suffered six broken ribs and bruised kidneys, contacted the ASPCA. The dog also lost his left eye as a result of the Jan. 16 attack in Graves’ midtown apartment.

“The pet was nearly killed because a person couldn’t control his temper,” ASCPA spokesman Joseph Pentangelo said. “It’s inexcusable.”

Graves was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated animal cruelty, a felony, and criminal mischief.

Emmit was treated at the West Chelsea Veterinary Hospital and is staying with relatives of Yeater, who was appearing in a Florida performance of a “A Chorus Line” when the dog was beaten.


Comment from bluhawkk
Time February 3, 2010 at 10:05 am

A 2010 nominee for the Ed Block Courage Award for defending against and surviving the brutal attack of a six pound beast.


Comment from Nancy
Time February 3, 2010 at 11:30 am

I hope he burns in hell. I really do. And, frankly, I have grave questions about this “actress” in her little out-of-town performance in Florida. If she can’t be a good dog parent — and either, a, take her dog with her, or, b, leave emmitt with the relatives in the first place, maybe she shouldn’t be allowed to have this poor creature back.

Comment from Anna
Time February 3, 2010 at 1:12 pm

@bluhawkk – I almost spit out a mouthful of salad reading your comment – too funny!

Comment from Barb
Time February 7, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Maybe someone should bite him and hit him with a belt buckle, take is eye out and break his ribs. A grown person, (can’t call him a man because he is NOT) taking things out on a 6lb dog. I hope the dogs owner dumped him.

Comment from sasha
Time November 17, 2010 at 12:51 am

REALLY?!?!?!? It is a dog. Not a human being that has the right to vote. I am the proud owner of a yorkie. My dog is 8lbs and very much the mama’s boy… BUT… NEVER would I mistake a dog for a human. This man took the dog to the vet. If he wanted to kill the dog I think he would have canned him and never answered his phone again. For so many people in the world that voted “Hope and Change” REALLY? This is your “HOPE and CHANGE?” Lets make some real rights and desires… Health Care!!!!!!!!!