Man Facing Charges After Allegedly Throwing Dog From Third-Story Balcony

Credit: KCNC/Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office

An Aurora man is facing a long list of charges after allegedly throwing his fiance's dog off a third-story balcony during a domestic dispute.

According to police, when they arrived at the apartment complex on 14th and Peoria on the morning of May 20, the dog was lying in the courtyard below the balcony, still alive but in severe distress. The suspect's fiance, Janice Lewis, was sobbing and watching her dog. Police told sister station KCNC that her shirt was ripped.

The officers had been called to the complex by neighbors, who reported hearing a fight between a man and a woman. KCNC says that dispatchers reported being able to hear the fight over the phone.

Lewis reportedly told police that during the fight with suspect Harrison Williams, her dog was cowering in the corner of the room. She said Williams grabbed the dog and carried him out to the balcony. Police say Lewis didn't actually see Williams throw the dog, but that he came back into the apartment without it.

Williams, 25, faces several charges, including aggravated animal cruelty and third-degree assault.

The dog later died from its injuries.