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A woman threw her boyfriend’s dog off a seventh-floor balcony while smiling during a heated argument, it has been reported.
Shelley Nicole Vaughn, 46, threw Eric Adeson’s, 56, poor pet pug to its death during the spat last Sunday (February 27).
The 56-year-old told the New York Post that he was traumatised following the incident which took place in Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA.
He said: “I was just screaming, I was horrified. I lost Bucky and I lost someone I cared about. There’s just so much tragedy in this story.”
The man claimed his lover had been drinking alcohol, smoking cannabis and using prescription drugs, before she threw his mobile phone and keys over the balcony.
She then proceeded to pick up three-year-old Bucky when he asked her to leave his flat.
Mr Adeson, who works as a maths tutor, added: “A part of me was thinking, ‘is there any way he’s still alive?’ But the common sense in me said no way.”
The poor pooch landed on the ground in the parking lot of his owner's building where it died on impact.
Adeson had got Bucky in 2019 as a companion dog to his 13-year-old puggle Sandy, as she underwent cancer treatment.
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Luckily Sandy was not harmed during the attack.
The 46-year-old woman is facing charges of animal cruelty, criminal mischief and domestic battery.
Mr Adeson filed a civil suit against his now ex-girlfriend seeking $30,000 (£22,500) in damages, whom he obtained a restraining order against just hours before the attack, WTVT reports.
Vaughn had gotten aggressive and physical with Adeson before, he claimed, including during an incident in September last year in Atlanta, Georgia, USA when she allegedly hit him.
He said: “The combination of Xanax, marijuana and alcohol makes her snap. She just goes crazy.”
Adeson said his relationship with Vaughn is over and he’s now focused on getting justice for Bucky, with any damages he receives from his civil suit likely being donated to animal welfare advocates.
He explained: “This is not about anything other than Bucky or bringing her to justice and looking to get her the help she needs. Her life will never be the same.”
Adeson said Vaughn is “going through a tough time” due to the deteriorating health of her mother, who is battling cancer and had never shown signs that she could hurt his dogs before.
He added: “God no, she’s a former dog owner herself.”
Mr Adeson's attorney, Katherine Neal, said in a statement: 'Our client saw this happen, and is absolutely traumatized.
'Several residents of the building witnessed the event as well, and the entire community is extremely upset over what happened.'
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