Schmuck of the Week

Dog-kicker Thomas Leurck drinks away his troubles

Thomas Leurck prefers to take out his frustrations with life by kicking the dog. But after a judge ordered him to stay away from the dog, Leurck only had one other coping mechanism: getting shitfaced and driving around Boulder County.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, the 48-year-old Superior man pleaded guilty on Thursday to kicking his beagle Tikka so hard that she had to have emergency surgery to deal with a bleeding liver and other internal injuries.

On Thursday, he pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and was sentenced to ten days in jail. He was also told to stay away from Tikka and not to own another pet.

At some point after his hearing, police say, Leurck hit the bottle - no doubt because he was so remorseful about kicking the dog. At about 11 p.m., he was stopped a few blocks from his home and charged with driving under the influence, driving 40 in a 30 mph zone and driving without a front license plate.

We can only guess how Leurck will handle his latest arrest, but we're keeping our pets indoors.

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