• The dog survived the fall and is now nicknamed "Miracle"
  • The woman was arrested on charges of animal cruelty
  • She allegedly attacked a motel maid also

In a case of animal cruelty, a woman threw her German shepherd off the second-story balcony of a motel in Florida earlier this week. The dog survived the fall and is now nicknamed "Miracle" by animal service personnel.

Allison Murphy, 35, was arrested Monday on felony charges of animal cruelty and resisting an officer with violence after she threw her German shepherd off the motel balcony. She allegedly attacked a motel maid before that.

On Monday afternoon, the Volusia Sheriff's Office deputies responded to reports that said a woman had attacked a maid at a Daytona Beach motel and threatened to jump off from the balcony. The motel staff told officials that Murphy was standing over the rails, threatening to jump off, according to a statement from the sheriff's office.

When the deputies arrived at the scene, the woman was locked inside the room. After the deputies knocked on the door several times, she opened the door and came out with her German shepherd. Body camera footage released by the sheriff's office showed the woman picking up the leashed dog and throwing it over the railing to the ground.

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"The dog landed feet first and ran away, but was corralled by bystanders," the sheriff's office said in the press release.

"Thankfully, during her examination, it was determined that Miracle escaped serious injury. However, an X-ray revealed a sewing needle was lodged in her right thigh. Miracle underwent a procedure to safely remove the needle and is currently recovering with Animal Services," the department said.

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It is not known why the woman attacked the maid and threw her dog off the balcony.

"Miracle is doing well and under the care of a foster family," Volusia County animal services said on its Facebook page. The animal services said they have filed a petition for the custody of Miracle. A foster family has expressed interest in adopting the dog. A custody hearing is scheduled for later this month, it said.

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