The dog hotel controversy is back in the news after a man was arrested after allegedly killing a Labrador retriever at a hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The man, identified as Richard H. Kline, allegedly entered the dog hotel at the Holiday Inn on December 2, 2016, and began dragging the animal around the hotel, the New Jersey State Police said in a statement.
The incident occurred when a security guard noticed a man carrying the dog in a backpack, and a security officer tried to separate him from the dog.
A security guard, identified by police as “K-J” was then reportedly approached by the man and told to separate from the animal.
A “conflict ensued” as Kline was allegedly trying to drag the animal, police said.
K-J allegedly grabbed a hammer, swung it at the security guard and threw it at him, knocking him unconscious.
KJ then reportedly ran into a restaurant, where he allegedly attempted to rob a customer of $25.
He then fled, police say.
Klin was arrested by officers on Thursday, and charges were filed against him on Thursday afternoon.
Police said the security officer, identified in a police statement as K-S,” had suffered a fracture in his knee and had been treated and released from the hospital.
“We do not have any information regarding his mental health status. “
The dog owner, K-D” said in the police statement.
“We do not have any information regarding his mental health status.
We will continue to work with the owner to determine his mental state.”
The owner of the hotel is also under investigation.
Klines dog has been euthanized after a court hearing in October.
“Our concern is for the dog’s welfare,” Kline’s attorney, Mark A. Johnson, told ABC News.
“If he was injured, we’d want the hospital to do the right thing.”