TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — A Trenton man is accused of throwing his 4-month-old puppy out of a third-floor window.
Investigators say 19-year-old Anthony Matlock threw the American Staffordshire terrier out the window during a fit of rage.
The puppy, named Duchess, landed in a vacant property a few feet away.
Crews found the puppy severely injured and transported it to CARES Veterinary Hospital in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, where doctors were able to save the dog’s broken right leg with surgery.
Neurology tech Michelle Murphy fell in love with Duchess, giving her a new home and the new name Chloe.
“She just got the staples removed yesterday. I’m amazed at how fast she’s recovering because it’s two weeks out,” said Murphy. “I don’t know how anybody could do what they did to her.”
Matlock fled the residence after throwing the puppy out of the window, according to police.
He has been issued a summons for third degree animal cruelty. Chloe, meanwhile, is expected to make a full recovery.
“My hope is that she loves it and realized that she has a mom that loves her and that is going to be here for her and give her everything that she needs,” said Murphy.