A man was detained Thursday by police after a dog was found dead in a courtyard in Miami Beach, authorities said.
Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said someone called 911 just after 2 p.m. and said that a man was hitting a dog that was outside an apartment building at 1619 Meridian Ave.
"This morning, I heard a lot of noise and the dog was crying," a man, who lives at the apartment building, said.
Responding officers found the dog dead in the courtyard, Rodriguez said.
Neighbors said the dog, named Lucy, was tied up when it was killed. They said the suspect, Woody Pierre, 20, is the dog's owner.
"The dog was down in between the fence and this landing, and he was hitting and stomping the dog, and the dog was chained here," a woman, who lives at the apartment building, said through tears. "I don't understand how anyone can do this to an animal. That dog loved him so much. I don't understand it."
"I saw a commotion in the garden, and then I looked through the window and I saw this guy trying to revive the dog," another woman said. "And then I came out, and then apparently the dog was absolutely dead."
The witnesses identified Pierre as the dog's owner, and he was arrested, police said. A small bag of marijuana was found in Pierre's pocket at the time of his arrest.
After being read his rights Pierre told police that he kicked Lucy and shoved her into a small space between the fence and the sidewalk, according to arrest records.
He also told police that he was angry at Lucy because she pooped in his apartment, the arrest record said.
Pierre has been arrested on charges of animal cruelty with intent to injure or kill and possession of cannabis.