Charges Upgraded Against Man Who Poured Boiling Water On Dog

CHICAGO (CBS) — Authorities have upgrade charges against a 20-year-old college athlete accused of throwing boiling water on his dog after the animal urinated on the floor.

Kyle Voissem, 20, a criminal justice major at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was originally charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty for the Oct. 18 incident.

But due to the severity of the burns, charges have been upgraded to a felony, Asst. Cook County State’s Atty. Lorraine Scaduto said Friday.

Scaduto didn’t provide further explanation as to why the charges were bumped up more than a month after Voissem’s arrest in December.

Kyle Voissem

Kyle Voissem, 20, is chrged with pouring scalding water over his dog's head. (Credit: UIC Flames)

Kyle Voissem, 20, of the 1700 block of South Desplaines Street, was boiling water to make macaroni and cheese for his dinner when the dog, a Mountain Cur mix named Byron, urinated on the floor in his sight, police said.

Voissem got so angry that he doused the dog over the head with the scalding water in the pot, police said. The animal was left with severe burns to the head and torso.

The dog, who suffered second- and third-degree burns, was turned over by Voissem to the Anti-Cruelty Society, which provided veterinary care and successfully adopted the dog to a new home.

Voissem was ordered held on $100,000 bond. Originally from Wisconsin, he is going to UIC on a scholarship for gymnastics, his attorney William Fahey said.

UIC spokesman Bill Burton said Friday that Voissem has not participated in the university gymnastics program since his arrest in December. As of Thursday, he is no longer on the team, Burton said.

The incident occurred in early October but the dog was not treated until Oct. 28, she said. He was adopted out on Oct. 30, she said. Byron remains in the area, but she would not specify where.

“He was a great dog,” Anti-Cruelty Society president and veterinarian Dr. Robyn Barbiers said. “When I met him he was just the happiest and friendliest dog. It is great when we can find a great home for a dog like that.”

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Afro

    Dam what makes a person want to do something like that? I’m sure some one will be trying to drag race in to it.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      As I always say, PLEASE give me just 5 mins. alone with this sick @ ss hole !!!! I guarantee he won’t feel like such a tough guy when I’m done. Black, white or fuking purple – I don’t care what color they are, when a person does something like this they need to die slowly and painfully!!!

      • Lyndia

        you are not able to kill some one slowly and painfully. If he was Black, like the other freak that kicked his kitten, you would be calling him all kinds of racist names.

      • Tom

        There are you, THEE Yard Ape. I can only hope that this guy is handuffed and thrown into a bath tub of boiling water, and then, fed feet first into a commercial wood chipper.

      • THEE Yard Ape

        @ Lyndia – so the vile blue-gummed negress plays the race card again. LOL !!!!

    • Fido

      hope this punk gets aped many nites in prison, then they throw hot water on him, punk

  • sarino

    too bad he cant fee what that boiling water is like being poured on his brainless head

  • LaVerne

    Really have to agree with you Sarino! Sure hope he doesn’t manage to get into the criminal justice sysem. He doesn’t have enough control of his temper. Kind of think it might be better if he finds a different line of work.

  • deb

    omg what a sick SOB I hope he hangs

  • KH

    Give me about 3 minutes alone with him…he’ll never hurt another defenseless animal again….the sick cowardly SOB

  • Gail

    Just think of what he is going to do when he has kids and they make a mess.

  • Lloyd Domres

    Castrate him!

  • Dilbert

    I would not hesitate to pour boiling water over his sick, demented, ugly bald head so that he could feel what that beautiful puppy must have felt. SICK SOB!

  • Linda

    How sick can you get. What goes around comes around

  • Linda

    sick sick sick

  • Fed up

    The first thing this moron should learn is that the criminal justice sytem is designed to handle low lifes like him. As usual I have more sympathy for the lower form of animal than I do for this jerk.

  • Roberta Waker

    Take away his scholarship ASAP. Let him learn about the criminal justice system the hard way, by personal experiience. Pour boiling water over his bald head and let him suffer for a few days like this poor dog. What a sicko – he doesn’t deserve to live.

  • Roberta Waker

    Sorry about the typo. Should be personal experience.

  • Leroy Goldberg

    Someone needs to pi$$ on him and then douse him with some boiling water.

    • FTC

      I think switching it around might be more memorable……

  • sickened

    No difference between this piece of garbage and Michael Vick except since Vick is a sports star he can repent and collect multi-million dollar paychecks again. A sports star throws puppies into the pit to be ripped apart and that’s ok with fans.

    • Roberta Waker

      I totally agree. Still can’t believe a judge allowed Vick to adopt a dog because his children wanted one. I can’t stand him because he looks defiant and not remorseful when he apologizes. He’s a loser and it will catch up to him hopefully sooner than later.

      • Lyndia

        but until than roberta, he is going to play and make millions. he served his time, therefore what are you talking about? what is he suppose to do to appease you? get on his knees and cry mammy?

      • THEE Yard Ape

        @ blue-gum Lyndia – Vick would have to cry mammy, because he doesn’t know who his daddy is. Sounds like you would like to get on your knees for Vick you filthy pig.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      AMEN to that! Vick should be tossed into a pit !

  • Lyndia

    I be on my knees for anybody dat gots the green. Dis pig be laffin all the ways to the bank.

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  • Christopher Koulouris

    And to think he is training to be a practitioner in criminal justice. It makes one shudder….the irony is too palpable.

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