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A dog was strangled, beaten by his owner, then thrown off a third-floor balcony and left for dead - one of the worst cases of animal cruelty a Kansas City shelter has ever seen. (Source: KC Pet Project) A dog was strangled, beaten by his owner, then thrown off a third-floor balcony and left for dead - one of the worst cases of animal cruelty a Kansas City shelter has ever seen. (Source: KC Pet Project)
From KC Pet Project: "One of our volunteer photographers, Kaye Ness Photography, captured a few new images of Roadrunner." From KC Pet Project: "One of our volunteer photographers, Kaye Ness Photography, captured a few new images of Roadrunner."
From KC Pet Project: "The foster reports that he is eating and drinking normally, getting along well with her dogs, and growing more confident every day." From KC Pet Project: "The foster reports that he is eating and drinking normally, getting along well with her dogs, and growing more confident every day."
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

A dog was strangled, beaten by his owner, then thrown off a third-floor balcony and left for dead.

Friday a spokesperson for the city said they issued a citation against the owner for animal abuse.

"This is absolutely one of the worst cases we have ever seen," said Tori Fugate of the KC Pet Project.

Roadrunner, a Tibetan Spaniel, arrived in critical condition at the animal shelter Sunday night. Witnesses called animal control who responded to the scene off Independence Avenue and brought the dog to the shelter.

"I saw the dog fall from the third floor. I saw it fall from the third floor," witness Terrance Hent said.

The shelter's veterinary staff recognized the critical nature of the dog's injuries and rushed him to BluePearl Veterinary Partners for emergency care.

Unfortunately, due to severe facial trauma, his eyes could not be saved and he underwent surgery Tuesday to remove both of his eyes.

The dog's owner, Kimberly Bond, says Roadrunner ran away and was hit by a car.

"I was in shock, I was in complete shock. I didn't know how to feel or what. I've lost animals before but not like this," she said.

Bond was subpoenaed while prosecutors are determining the severity of the charges.

"Police came and didn't arrest her. They just let her go, and I'm like that's just BS," Hent said.

The city said that the citation against Bond is an animal abuse charge that, if found guilty, carries a penalty of up to $1,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail.

There will be a municipal court date in about 10 days.

“As previously mentioned, due to the severity of the alleged abuse, the case has also been presented to state prosecutors for higher level charges. If the state pursues charges, those would supersede the city charges, which would then be dropped to allow the state prosecution,” the city spokesman said.

The shelter said Roadrunner is now "resting comfortably" in a loving foster home.

The shelter said the dog will need additional medical care and therapy to adapt in a world without his sight.

"We think that he'll learn to adjust. We will keep an eye on him and eventually he will go to a loving home," Fugate said.

In the past year alone, KC Pet Project has received over 470 animals at their shelter as a result of cruelty or neglect in Kansas City.

To donate funds for Roadrunner's surgeries and ongoing medical care visit www.kcpetproject.org/donate. Please designate your donation to "Roadrunner."

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