- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - An animal rights group is thanking the Atlanta Falcons for waiving a player who was recently arrested on aggravated animal cruelty charges.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said in a statement Thursday that the organization is grateful the team waived linebacker Prince Shembo after his arrest last week.

Shembo is accused in the death of his ex-girlfriend’s dog. Police have said the dog died in April of blunt force trauma.

Shembo’s attorney Jerry Froelich has said the dog bit Shembo on his hand when he was trying to put it in its cage and Shembo kicked it. Froelich has said the dog’s death was accidental.

In a letter to Falcons CEO Arthur Blank, the animal welfare group suggested the team implement an empathy training course for its players.

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