Police: Houston man throws dog at Starbucks window, breaking its leg


HOUSTON – Houston police have charged a man with cruelty to animals after he allegedly threw a Chihuahua at the window of a Southwest Houston Starbucks, according to Houston police spokesperson John Cannon.

Police say Larry Wayne McHale, 46, was in the parking lot of a Starbucks in the 8800 block of Westheimer at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when employees heard a man yelling and throwing bottles in the parking lot.

McHale then picked up the Chihuahua and threw it against the window, Cannon said. Employees then called police.

Cannon said McHale appeared to be intoxicated.

The dog was picked up by BARC, the City of Houston's Animal Shelter and Adoption Facility, said Cannon.

The dog, who technicians at BARC have named "Starbucks," has a broken leg and was fostered out to a BARC volunteer who took her to a veterinarian for treatment, said BARC animal control manager Jarrad Mears.

The dog's owner is McHale, Mears said.

McHale is being held in the Harris County Jail on a $15,000 bond, according to court records. He was due in court today to have an attorney assigned.

This story comes courtesy our sister station in Houston, KPRC.