MOUNT ZION — Police said a Mount Zion man faces a preliminary charge of animal cruelty Wednesday after injuring a Chihuahua dog, the family pet, by throwing it because it wouldn’t go outside to use the bathroom.

A sworn affidavit from Mount Zion police Sgt. Matt Travis said the incident happened at a home on the village's southeast side. Travis said the mother of the 22-year-old man, who is the owner of the dog, which is named Chi Chi, had asked him to take the dog outside so it could relieve itself.

“The owner advised that, after approximately 30 seconds, (her son) came back inside and said he threw the dog,” Travis said.

Commenting on the affidavit, Mount Zion Police Chief Adam Skundberg said it was the mother who called police about her son after seeing her pet had been hurt.

Writing in the affidavit, Travis said officers examined the dog and noted it could not put any pressure on its front left leg and “the leg appeared to be obviously injured.”

Travis added: “Officers questioned (the son) why he threw the dog, and he advised he didn’t like the dog and he was bipolar. Officers asked if he was aware he injured the dog, and he advised he just heard the dog ‘whelp’ when he threw it. Officers asked why he threw the dog, and he advised because the dog wouldn’t go outside.”

Police told the owner to take the dog to her veterinarian. Skundberg said Wednesday he did not have an update on the Chihuahua’s condition, and the dog remained in the care of its owner.

Macon County Jail records showed the man was in custody Wednesday in lieu of $1,000 bond. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office.

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