Chihuahua on mend after being thrown against Starbucks window

Man threw tiny dog against Starbucks window.

HOUSTON - A four pound Chihuahua is now on the mend after police say she was thrown against a Starbucks window.

Witnesses feared the dog would not survive after watching the impact Tuesday night around 9:30 p.m.

The man accused of the cold crime is now charged with animal cruelty.

Larry McHale was arrested outside the Starbucks at 8821 Westheimer after employees called 9-1-1.

Police aren't even sure if the dog even belongs to him.

"It was so loud, the window sounded like it was going to break," said Starbucks manager Jasmine Hyder. "He's like, you don't care about humans. You only care about a dog."

Starbucks manager Jasmine Hyder said McHale has been banned from the southwest Houston Starbucks for the last three months.

"He harasses customers every time. He comes in and starts chaos," explained Hyder.

It's unclear what prompted McHale to throw the dog against the window.

According to witnesses, he was yelling and smashed a bottle on the ground before the incident.

"It's an innocent dog, and you sabotaged the dog's life for no reason," added Hyder.

The dog was picked up by the city of Houston's Animal Shelter and Adoption Facility.

Technicians and volunteers took an instant liking to the Chihuahua and named her "Starbucks".

"Why would you do this to a little dog? This dog never hurt anyone, but we're going to save her no matter what he did," said Nela Brown with Frisky Paws Rescue.

Nela Brown is now caring for the dog as she recovers.

"How in the world can someone take such a tiny animal and use it to vent their anger," questioned Brown.

Brown believes the timid dog is lucky to have survived the abuse.

The dog now suffers from a broken back leg and needs pins and plates to fix it. The surgery is estimated to cost about $1,000.

Anybody who would like to donate to Starbucks' recovery can do so on the Frisky Paws Rescue website: http://www.friskypawsrescue.org/

Starbucks will also need a forever home after she is healed.


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