A guy accused of throwing a puppy out of an SUV outside an animal shelter in North Carolina has been charged.
“This morning even though our gate was open he chose to sling a puppy out the window,” PAWS Bryson City posted to Facebook on September 8.
Video captures the moment a man opens and closes a passenger door, points at the ground, and throws the dog out the window.
Bryson PAWS City requested assistance from the public in identifying the man and locating the puppy.
“We wish the person that did this would have done the right thing and drove on through the gates so we could assist them rather than slinging this poor innocent dog out the window,” the animal shelter stated.
A Bryson City Police Department officer recognised the individual as David Paul George Jr., 35, and gave his name to Fox News Digital.
Days later, the dog, fondly known as “Apollo,” was discovered. He apparently had two slight fractures, and some minor abrasions, and was emaciated and covered in fleas and parasites.
“This little guy has no idea how much he’s worried us all. We’ve all had sleepless nights but that’s nothing compared to what he’s been through,” a subsequent Facebook post reads.
According to USA Today, George’s purported actions have unknown motivations.
He is accused of abandoning an animal as well as animal cruelty. According to WLOS, he is expected to appear in a Swain County courthouse on September 26.
The shelter has made the joke that Apollo might need an agent because the news of what happened to him has attracted so much attention.
Although there is a lot of interest in adopting him, he will need to stay at the shelter for a few more months before he can be neutered, according to WLOS.