Outrage after dog drowned when thrown off pier

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In Gulfport, Florida, animal advocates are outraged after a dog drowned when thrown off a pier just one day before Thanksgiving.  A heavy chain had been attached to the pit bull’s collar when his owner tossed the dog into the water, who was then unable to stay afloat.eagle-finegan

Joe Bradford was Rock’s owner, and according to WtspNews, he loved his dog. According to Bradford, when he realized his dog was drowning, Bradford jumped in – pulled him out of the water, tried CPR, but it was all too late. Bradford claimed he was giving the dog a bath and had done so before, however he hadn’t realized the chain and the attached lock were too heavy for Rock to compensate and stay afloat. The Gulfport Police Department has not charged Bradford with any wrongdoing.eagle-finegan-2

When the news and the photos of the chain and the lock that had been attached to Rock’s collar were made public on the Facebook page of animal advocate, Eagle Finegan, the disturbing news spread quickly.

“As explained to me by the Officers.. (yes, they took time to talk to me) First, the witnesses are all local minors. They were crying, very upset, and all told the basic same story, but the time line was different as to how long it took the Scum to jump in. But all said the dog was dead, before he jumped in. No law as to how, large or heavy a chain can be. Please note the size of the lock on the chain. The case has been forwarded to the States Attorney. My point was, just the act of throwing the dog in was reason enough to arrest him. He was more concerned about the chain, than the dog,” Eagle posted.eagle-finegan-3

On Tuesday afternoon, Sgt. Thomas Woodman of the Gulfport Police Department announced the Assistant State Attorney and the investigating officer will discuss this case on December 5, and decide if Bradford will be charged in connection with Rock’s death.

Rest in peace Rock. We are sorry you were failed by the one person you thought you could trust.

(Photos of dog drowned via Facebook page Eagle Finegan)

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  1. Rest in peace. You are in the Lord’s precious hands now. I think the owner must be mentally retarded, what he did makes no sense.

  2. I don’t believe his story have any change do you wear when you take a shower or have any change would you put around a child’s neck to give them a shower this world better wake up if a person will abused an animal they will abuse a child or another adult stop being so easy on these people and make them pay tie dollar signs and do a lot of volunteer hours at shelter and you’ll see this animal cruelty come to a halt I had four children and seven grandchildren and I have yet to put a chain around any of those neck to give him a bath my dogs have never had to change around their neck.

  3. Not allowed heavy chain against our laws and why did he throw dog in what was he thinking like to see a close up picture of this guy maybe we should have a special jail for people who use every excuse in the book did the dog jump in no.So he is responsible for the dogs death cut and dried.
    Tired of all you losers that blame your mistakes on something else.Oh maybe you had one too many or you were too stupid and didn’t realize the collar and lock was too heavy or maybe you were to high????? Only u can answer that question RIP???????????????????

  4. IDIOT! What would make him think that his dog COULD swim with a heavy chain around his neck? ? For some stupid reason, a lot of people seem to think that Pit Bulls are impervious to injury. WAKE UP, people! In most cases, dogs are MORE sensitive than people are! RIP Rock. You didn’t deserve this. ? Run free and happy at the Rainbow Bridge, sweetie. ?

  5. What a stupid SOAB what the hell was he thinking ! How about put a collar and heavy chain around his neck and see if he floats !!! Stupid dumb shit !!! Rest In Peace Rock to bad your owner didn’t love you more…

  6. I’m so sorry, Rock. You didn’t deserve this. I agree that the mere act of throwing a dog off a pier is animal cruelty. The POS is lying through his teeth about doing it before but not realizing the chain was so heavy. It was all fabricated to make him look like a “hero” for trying to save his dog. I have an idea – attach a heavy chain to his neck and throw him off a tall bridge and see if he floats.

  7. IF HE WILL BE CHARGED? The SOB needs to be charged with a cattle prod while taking a shower, or possibly a radio would be even better…..

  8. Oh give me a break! If he loved his dog why would he throw the dog off of a pier with a heavy chain around it’s neck to begin with? He needs to be charged, he killed his dog and he should have known better.

  9. I don’t know how I continue to read such horrible things my heart is already so broken I’m sorry doggie .there’s so many bad people out there .you are loved greatly

  10. Another piece of black trash that deserves to have a chain around his neck throwing out the ocean in a bed of sharks do people that have the comments they could have gone with you my first concern but you must understand he must be punished for his stuff for some reason our system doesn’t allow people be thrown into water would change into shorts but yet we can do that to a dog when there’s no law against it mr. Trump President elect Trump please stand up and do something


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