A former Atlanta Falcons player kicked his ex-girlfriend’s small dog because it bit him, his attorney said Friday night. Prince Shembo was in tears over his arrest and release from the team, attorney Jerry Froelich said.
“He didn’t mean to kill the dog,” Froelich told reporters outside the Gwinnett County jail.
But the Yorkie’s injuries were extensive, according to police. Friday afternoon, Shembo, 23, was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony, Cpl. Michele Pihera said. Within two hours, Shembo was released from the team, and Friday night, he surrendered to authorities. He was released shortly after 10 p.m. after posting $15,000 bond, jail records showed.