Father breaks legs of brother’s dog because it hurt his 5-year-old daughter


Roosevelt Jr. Lockhart 
By: Mahesh Sarin

A father was arrested after he severely abused a dog because he was angry.

37-year-old Roosevelt Jr. Lockhart of Palm Bay, Florida, was arrested on Sunday, after police said he broke the legs of a dog when his daughter said that it bit her, police said.

The incident occurred around 9:35 a.m. The dog's owner, Justin Lord, told police that his brother, threw the dog to the floor and kicked it, according to the police report.

When agents interviewed Lockhart, he said that he was angry when his 5-year-old daughter told him that the 20-pound Dachshund mix dog bit her.

Police said that Lockhart told officers that it was “just an overreaction and I kicked the s*** out of the dog.”

A witness told investigators that his uncle, Lockhart, grabbed and slammed the dog into the ground. While the dog remained lying on the ground, he kicked it.

While officers were on the scene, a woman brought the dog out of the residence and tried to get it to stand up, according to police.

“It was evident by the dog’s inability to stand on all its legs and the way it was shaking that it sustained significant injuries as a result of being slammed on the ground,” the report said.

Lockhart was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

Animal control workers took custody of the dog because the family is unable to afford to pay for the medical care it needs as a result of the attack.