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Second Dog Abuser Caught On Video in Morningside Heights

By Nicole Bode | January 13, 2010 4:29am | Updated on January 13, 2010 4:24am
Tiara Davis, 31, is accused of abusing her Pomeranian named “Sparky”.
Tiara Davis, 31, is accused of abusing her Pomeranian named “Sparky”.
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By Nicole Bode

DNAinfo.com Associate Editor

MORNINGSIDE HEIGHTS — A second animal abuser has been arrested after she was caught on tape beating a dog in a housing project elevator, police said.

Tiara Davis, 31, was walking her Pomeranian, “Sparky” just after 2 a.m. Sunday when she unleashed a beating on the pup in full view of an NYPD security camera at the Grant Houses, they said.

At one point, the video shows Davis swinging the 9-pound dog into the air by its leash, letting Sparky dangle from the collar like a hangman’s noose. She also slams the dog against the metal wall and smacks it with something in her hand.

Davis, who was arrested Monday, was charged with torturing an animal, a misdemeanor.

She told the Daily News she flew off the handle because the 4-year-old pooch went to the bathroom in the elevator.

"I kept telling him, 'Sparky! Wait! Wait!' " Davis, a vocational counselor for ex-offenders, told the paper. "I became a little frustrated," she added. "It was never my intention to hurt him."

The dog was taken to the ASPCA for treatment, the News said.

Davis is the second animal abuser in two weeks to be caught in the act by security cameras in the Grant Houses.

Chris Grant, 21, was arrested after brutalizing his girlfriend’s Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix, named “Chuvi-Duvi” Jan. 2nd.

Officials from the NYPD VIPER Unit, Housing Division, caught Grant just hours after using security cameras to catch a man suspected of stabbing to death a 9-year-old boy in the same housing complex.

The videos have elicited widespread outrage from New Yorkers.