Jun 18, 2014 12:36 AM by Marissa Esquivel

Man arrested for throwing puppy out of car

YAVAPAI COUNTY - A man who threw a puppy outside a car window has been arrested.

On June 16, Joseph Kennedy, 27, was arrested on 2 felony counts of Cruelty to Animals, as well as Possession of Dangerous Drugs and Paraphernalia.

The incident happened on June 11 around 9 a.m. in Cornville.

A witness called YCSO after seeing a man throw a puppy from a car on Cornville Road while driving around 50 miles per hour.

The puppy was recovered and was treated at a local emergency vet clinic. The dog suffered significant neurological issues as a result of incident.

Following media reports, YCSO received several calls and Kennedy was identified as a suspect.

Deputies spotted Kennedy in the back of a truck stopped in a Cottonwood convenience store parking lot.

As the truck began moving, investigators say Kennedy ducked down into the bed hoping the deputy would not see him. The truck was stopped and Kennedy was arrested.

A search of Kennedy's property revealed 3 personal use packages of methamphetamine and associated paraphernalia.

According to deputies, Kennedy had just had a fight with his girlfriend the day of the incident. Kennedy was "distraught," and while riding with others in a friend's car, he tossed the dog from the vehicle because he didn't care for the animal.

Kennedy was booked at the Camp Verde Detention on the indicated charges and remains in-custody on a $17,500 bond.

YCSO Animal Control Officers have monitored the care and follow-up given to the dog and report she is doing well in a foster home.


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