Dog thrown off Pompano Beach balcony expected to recover

Robert Noel, 29, faces animal cruelty charge

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – A puppy that was thrown off a second-floor balcony in Pompano Beach on the Fourth of July is expected to make a full recovery.

The Lab mix is recovering at Coral Springs Animal Hospital.

Dr. Justin Fyfe said the puppy is lucky to be alive. Fyfe said she suffered scrapes between her eyes and bruising and scrapes on her legs.

Robert Noel, 29, was arrested on a charge of causing cruel death, pain and suffering to an animal.

According to the arrest report, Noel admitted to throwing the dog over the railing.

"I went crazy," Noel said in the report.

Noel said the dog, which belonged to a friend with whom he was feuding, wouldn't leave his apartment, "so he started to strike the dog" before throwing her over the balcony railing, the report said.

"The dog was located nearby, cowering and scared," the report said. "The dog had some bleeding coming from her nose."

Detectives said they are still investigating. It's not known when the puppy will be reunited with her owner.

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