CHICAGO (CBS) – A former gymnast at the University of Illinois at Chicago has been convicted of animal cruelty for pouring boiling water on his dog in 2011.
Kyle Voissem was convicted Tuesday after a two-day bench trial, and now faces up to three years in prison. The judge also ordered him to undergo psychiatric evaluation.
In October 2011, Voissem was boiling water to make macaroni and cheese for his dinner when his dog, a Mountain Cur mix named Byron, urinated on the floor. Police said Voissem got so angry, he poured the boiling water on the dog, causing severe burns to the animal’s head and torso.
Byron is now with another family, after receiving veterinary care from the Anti-Cruelty Society.
Voissem was kicked off the gymnastics team after his arrest.