By Rosemary Sobol
9:47 AM CST, December 14, 2011
A man was so infuriated his dog had urinated on the floor he threw boiling water at the pup while cooking a meal, causing severe burns to the animal’s head and torso in the East Pilsen neighborhood, police said.
Kyle Voissem, 20, was boiling water to make macaroni and cheese for dinner at his home in the 1700 block of South Desplaines Street in mid-October when he saw his dog urinate on the floor, according to police.
Voissem became angry and threw the “extremely hot water’’ on the dog, causing severe burns to the dog’s head and torso, police said.
He was arrested about 1 p.m. Tuesday on a complaint from the Anti-Cruelty Society, which said the abuse had been reported to it in October.
“We sent out two humane investigators who impounded him and brought him here for treatment Oct. 18,” said Nicole Campos, head of investigations for the society.
The dog, which she described as a 1 ½-year-old “mountain cur mix,” was adopted about a month ago after treatment of second-degree burns over 50 percent of his body and third-degree burns on the neck, Campos said. He was adopted within a day of being put on the adoption floor, she added.
“He was a great dog. He tolerated treatment very well,” she said. She said the dog’s wounds were dressed and treated with ointment.
Voissem, who police said is originally from Wisconsin, was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and is expected to appear in Misdemeanor Court on Jan. 26. When he was arrested, he was wearing a sweatshirt that said “Bulldog Pride,” police said.
Campos said the arrest was delayed in part because of the work in preparing paperwork documenting the abuse and because Voissem wasn’t at home when police came calling the first few times.
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