Caught on Tape: Man Pleads Guilty to Beating Lap Dog in Elevator

Wednesday, May 12, 2010  |  Updated 2:28 PM EDT
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Police stumbled upon this video of a man abusing his dog, Chuvi-Duvi, a 12-pound Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix, while looking for the killer of 9-year-old Anthony Maldonado.

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Police stumbled upon this video of a man abusing his dog, Chuvi-Duvi, a 12-pound Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix, while looking for the killer of 9-year-old Anthony Maldonado.

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If animal cruelty turns your stomach, you should not watch this video.

A man has admitted to viciously kicking his girlfriend's lap dog in an attack police witnessed on security cameras installed in a Manhattan apartment building elevator.
  
Chris Grant has been sentenced to three months in jail after pleading guilty to an animal cruelty charge. He's 21.
  
Police officers monitoring surveillance cameras in the Harlem building as part of a search for a murder suspect arrested Grant when they saw him on tape abusing the black-and-white Chihuahua and Pomeranian mix, named Chuvi-Duvi.
  
The cameras captured Grant patting his knees as if to invite the
12-pound dog to be petted, then kicking it away.
  
His lawyer didn't immediately return a call Wednesday.
  
Tests showed Chuvi-Duvi escaped serious injury. The plea was entered Tuesday.

Police later found the man accused of stabbing nine-year old Anthony Maldonado, the victim of one of the city's first homicides of 2010. 

The two crimes were not connected, but Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said solving them involved the same basic tools: a camera, and a cop paying attention.

In condemning the alleged dog-kicker at the time, Kelly called Grant "an abusive individual who repeatedly and brutally beat a small defenseless dog."

See for yourself, but if you're an animal lover, be advised: it's tough to watch.

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