Man Admits Tossing Stranger's Chihuahua Off Bridge
Could get 4 years for fit of anger fatal to dog
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 30, 2010 7:23 AM CDT
An April 2008 photo provided by Caisha Wantz shows Zoey, a Chihuahua, at her home near Jefferson, Md. David Beers plead guilty Monday, March, 29, 2010, to throwing the dog off a bridge into a creek   ((AP Photo/courtesy of Caisha Wantz))

(Newser) – A Maryland man who tossed a stranger's Chihuahua off a bridge in a fit of anger faces up to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty yesterday to theft and aggravated animal cruelty. David Beers, 35, snatched the 4-pound Zoey after her owners ordered him off their property, and threw her out his car window driving over a bridge last June. Beers, mistaking the couple's quarter-mile-long driveway for a utility road, had stopped to make a cell phone call, the AP reports.

Beers, a lanky Marine Corps veteran and wireless communications technician, left the property but returned a few minutes later when the couple was gone, grabbed the white-and-tan Chihuahu, and drove nearly 4 miles to the bridge, at least 20 feet above the water. "As I drove across the Catoctin Creek bridge, I let the dog go while driving, out of the passenger window," Beers said in a written statement taken by police. The dog was never found. Beers will be sentenced June 7.