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Maryland man gets 4-month sentence for throwing teacup Chihuahua off bridge

A Maryland man who threw a  teacup Chihuahua off a bridge was sentenced in Frederick, Maryland to four months in jail.

The dog, named Zoey, was never found after the incident and was presumed to have been killed.

David Beers, 35, was sentenced yesterday to  a three-year year term, but the judge suspended all but four months of it and ordered the unemployed cell tower technician to pay a $1,000 fine, perform 300 hours of community service and make restitution of $318 to the dog’s owners, Timothy and Caisha Wantz.

Beers apologized for stealing the dog in a fit of anger after the Wantzes ordered him off their property in rural Jefferson last year, according to the Associated Press. Beers had pulled into their driveway to make a cell phone call.

Beers put the dog in his car and threw it off a bridge and into a creek on the way home. He pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty.


Comment from Laura Hudson
Time June 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm

How terrible!! He should have got a stffer sentence than 4 months!! Plus he killed someone’s beloved pet!!

Comment from phillip
Time June 11, 2010 at 4:38 pm

man this is obscene. his sentence and those of others committing these acts of horrific animal cruelty show our cultures complete disregard for animal/pet life.

Comment from To the dogs
Time January 9, 2011 at 10:22 am

Only 4 Months For killing a companion animal ??!!! Think what zoey’s owners must be ging through. This jackass Beers gets angry and KILLS. He has no regard for anyone or anything. I hope that everything bad that can happen to him does happen to him. I hope he feels the same kind of physical pain he inflicted on the little dog and the emotional pain he inflicted on her owners. I hope this follows him for the rest of his days.

Comment from Larry
Time March 10, 2016 at 4:18 pm

This guy is in jail again for a whole bunch of stuff. Word in Brunswick is that he had been terrorizing his ex-wife and children. Looks like he also led the police on a high speed chase one night last year. I did some research and he’s in for 18 months plus 3.5 years additional, suspended. Let’s make sure he doesn’t get out early. What can we do?