In June, 24 year old Steven Soukup of NC reportedly backhanded his young Chihuahua so hard that the dog hit the wall, suffering a head injury and seizures. Mr. Soukup received a citation. And his dog back.
This month, a vet treating the dog – called Hurley – called AC to report that Hurley had been kicked hard enough to break his pelvis. Mr. Soukup has been charged with animal cruelty and Hurley is recovering from surgery at the local police department.
Police have not determined why Soukup keeps beating Hurley.
This information may be unknowable, although it’s sorely tempting to toss out theories, especially ones containing multiple curse words. Perhaps more pressing – at least for Hurley – is why didn’t authorities take the first injury more seriously? And will Mr. Soukup again get his dog back after this episode of abuse?