Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo didn’t just allegedy kick a dog and kill it, he allegedly found one of the smallest dogs possible to kick and kill.
According to Alexis Stevens of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, police documents say Shembo killed his then-girlfriend’s pet Yorkie named Dior.
Yorkshire terriers, which top out around 7 pounds, are no match for 254-pound linebackers, it seems.
The Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Michele Pihera said Shembo was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, following an April 15 incident.
According to the report, his then-girlfriend Denicia Williams told police she had taken Dior to Shembo’s apartment, and left the dog there. When she returned, the dog was unresponsive, and died a short time later at an animal hospital.
She said the next day, Shembo told her he killed the dog, at which point she broke up with him.
A necropsy was performed at the Gwinnett County Animal Shelter, where the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma.
According to the report, Dior had “a fractured rib, fractured liver, abdominal hemorrhage, thoracic hemorrhage, extensive bruising and hemorrhage in the muscles in her front leg and shoulders, head trauma, hemorrhage and edema in lungs, hemorrhage between the esophagus and trachea, and hemorrhage in the left eye with internal injuries.”
The Falcons drafted Shembo in the fourth round last year from Notre Dame.
Photo credit: Gwinnett Police.