PHOENIX - A Phoenix man was arrested and booked into jail for animal cruelty Wednesday morning after he allegedly attacked and injured a foster dog.
Kristopher Kimmerling, 38, is facing charges after violently attacking the animal without provocation.
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Police said Kimmerling, a transient, was seen antagonizing the 7-month-old dog for over an hour from outside a private yard near 19th Avenue and Mountain View Road.
He then opened the gate to the yard, letting the animal out, and began kicking and hitting the pit bull mix, the police report stated.
Michelle Chandler is the dog's foster parent, named Hayden, and was alerted to the abuse by her children.
“He's like one of my children, I’ve only had him a couple of months. He didn't deserve this, nobody would deserve this,” she said.
Chandler ran outside and yelled at Kimmerling, picked up Hayden, who was bleeding from the head and mouth, and immediately took him to a veterinarian for treatment.
The dog received staples to his head and his tongue was sutured, but his injuries were not life-threatening, police said.
The "Crazy Pit Bull Lady" rescue group said the dog was going to be put up for adoption shortly. The organization also said the dog broken teeth, a broken nose and has fluid in its lungs.
The rescue group said Hayden was a "bait dog" is California and was rescued and brought to Arizona.
Kimmerling was arrested after police located him near 19th and Dunlap avenues. Authorities said he was uncooperative during booking.
Hayden was released to Chandler Wednesday night and will be monitored for neurological damage.
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