Police have charged Atlanta Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo 23, with
aggravated animal cruelty after his girlfriend’s dog died from blunt
Gwinnett County police said in a news release that they obtained a
warrant Friday for the NFL player’s arrest. Police say Shembo’s
girlfriend called police on April 19 and said she had taken her Yorkie,
Dior, to Shembo’s apartment on April 15. At some point, she left the dog
alone with Shembo and when she later found the dog, he
|Dior, a Yorkshire terrier, died of blunt force trauma, according to a necropsy. (Credit: Gwinnett County Police Department)|
She took the dog to an animal hospital, where he died a short time later. Shembo told her the next day he had kicked the dog.
Shebo’s now-former girlfriend, model Denicia Williams, contacted police
four days after the Yorkie’s April 15 death. According to the incident
report, she had confronted Shembo and told him she’d been praying about
what happened to her dog.
“What if I told you I kicked your dog?” Shembo asked, according to Williams.
Williams said she then asked if it had only been once. Shembo reportedly said no.
Williams stated that she told the suspect that she could not see him
anymore,” the report said, “and Shembo stated that he might leave the
country because he knows how much time he would do in prison for animal
Shembo, turned himself last Friday evening after Gwinnett County police
charged him with aggravated cruelty to animals in connection with the
death of his girlfriend’s Yorkshire terrier, Dior.
He was booked into the Gwinnett County jail around 8:45 p.m. and released on bond about 90 minutes later.
Shembo’s attorney, Jerry Froelich, has maintained that his client was
reacting to a bite from the dog and kicked it only once, but the story
Shembo’s girlfriend relayed to police suggests otherwise.