Atlanta Falcons release player from NC accused of killing girlfriend’s dog

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Prince Shembo is accused of killing his former girlfriend's dog. (Image: Twitter)

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons have released linebacker Prince Shembo just hours after news that he was charged with killing his ex-girlfriend’s dog.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution‎ reported that the 23-year-old Charlotte native has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals. He was released from the Falcons within two hours of the news.

“We are aware of the charges that have been filed against Prince Shembo,” the team said in a prepared statement. “We are extremely disappointed that one of our players is involved in something like this. Accordingly, we have decided to waive Prince Shembo.”

The suspect is accused of killing his former girlfriend’s Yorkie, named “Dior.” The girlfriend told police she took her dog to Shembo’s home and at some point left the dog unattended with the suspect.

She said when she returned, the dog was unresponsive. The girlfriend said she took the dog to the hospital where it later died. She said Shembo later made comments about killing the dog.

Veterinarians determined the dog had “significant injuries and the cause of death was blunt force trauma,” according to reports.

Shembo was previously accused of sexually assaulting a freshman college student at St. Mary’s College. She committed suicide less than two weeks after the alleged incident. He was never charged in that case.