AZ transient accused in unprovoked attack on dog

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Kristopher Kimmerling (Source: Arizona Dept. of Corrections) Kristopher Kimmerling (Source: Arizona Dept. of Corrections)
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A Phoenix-area transient is accused of launching an unprovoked attack on a pet dog that left the animal bloody and beaten.

Phoenix police said they learned Kristopher Kimmerling has allegedly been antagonizing the victim's dog, Hayden, for more than an hour before he opened the gate to the fenced yard of the home and let the dog out.

Officers said Kimmerling then began kicking and hitting the pet.    

A woman who provides foster care to Hayden on behalf of the owner learned of the incident after her children told her the dog was being abused.

The woman ran outside and yelled at Kimmerling, who left the area, police said.

Hayden was bleeding from the head and mouth, and the witness took him to a veterinarian.

Officers located Kimmerling just after 9 a.m. in the area of N. 19th Avenue and Mission Lane.

He was booked into jail on a charge of animal cruelty and other unrelated charges.

Hayden received staples to his head and his tongue had to be sutured. The dog's prognosis is unclear.

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