Brooks Macfarquhar, a 30-year-old Hilton Head Island man, was arrested and charged with animal cruelty Friday after allegedly throwing his neighbor's yorkiepoo off a second story balcony.
That neighbor, Ryan Heilman, says he'd just met Macfarquhar and helped him fix rigging on the boat where Macfarquhar lives.
They were having a beer on Heilman's patio afterward. Heilman said he stepped away from the balcony for a moment then saw his dog, Hershey, flying over the balcony railing.
"When I went down I immediately locked the sliding door, locked him out there, ran down and got my dog and he was bubbling blood from his nose," Heilman said. "He had an abrasion on his head and he wasn't moving very well."
Heilman said the dog had unresponsive pupils but no broken bones and appears to be making a full recovery.