A famous athlete is now in a lot of trouble. Fans are crucifying him online after reports surfaced that he was being investigated for animal cruelty charges.
Now, details are starting to emerge. Frank Shamrock, a former UFC Champion fighter, is being accused of treating a dog in a very inhumane way. Reports state he tied the dog to a truck that was parked at the Dallas airport. He then left the animal for 5 days.
"Ex-UFC star Frank Shamrock is reportedly being investigated by cops after he tied a dog to a truck and abandoned it for 5 DAYS at a Dallas airport earlier this month. Shamrock had to move his ailing mother out of her Texas home -- and in the process, was forced to take control of her two dogs. Frank tells WFAA in Dallas he was able to find a shelter for one of the dogs ... but when he couldn't find a home for Zelda, the other dog -- he tied her to a truck and left her at Love Field Airport," wrote TMZ.
He has opened up on the incident. He said his actions were truly terrible and that he actually ran away from the dog in tears. He did not explain why he chose this above simply dropping the dog off at an animal shelter or with a friend.
"But, Frank also says his actions helped keep the dog alive, saying, 'Here is what I guarantee, that dog is alive and safe right now and I couldn't guarantee that before I tied that dog to the truck and left.' Police seem to disagree ... and are reportedly investigating Shamrock -- and considering levying animal cruelty charges against the fighter," wrote TMZ.
Shamrock says he will take the charges in stride and has nothing to hide.
"They can charge me with whatever. I will show up. It is what it is. I'm not hiding in any way," he said.
Fans lashed out at him on social media. Many people felt there is no excuse for what he did to that poor dog.
"You are a trash bag! I wish you could feel and understand what you willingly put this poor pooch through. You only love yourself - if anyone at all. I can only hope this pup is taken from you and housed with a REAL loving home," wrote one angry critic on Twitter.
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