Bloomington man charged with animal cruelty, accused of kicking Chihuahua

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Thomas C. Herbin

UPDATE (Feb. 2, 2018) — Thomas Herbin pleaded guilty to intimidation and criminal mischief. He was sentenced to 365 days on the intimidation charge and 180 days on the criminal mischief charge, with both sentences to be served concurrently. He was given credit for time served and will serve 71 more days, with an estimated release date of April 10, 2018.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A Bloomington man is facing an animal cruelty charge after he reportedly kicked a Chihuahua.

Police arrested 33-year-old Thomas C. Herbin on the misdemeanor charge Sunday.

The owner of the dog said she took it to St. Francis Pet Hospital in Martinsville, where it underwent treatment for a dislocated hip, which ended up costing $1,768, according to a Bloomington police report.

The owner also told officers the Chihuahua is her son’s service animal and he’s suffering emotionally without the animal in his home.

Herbin’s bond was set at $1,500.

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