In Yucca Valley, California, a four-month-old German shepherd puppy cried and whimpered as his owner held him down and repeatedly punched him numerous times outside of his home on Wednesday afternoon. An eyewitness called 911 to report the man allegedly staggering down Antelope Trail and Barberry Avenue kicking the defenseless animal.
When police arrived at the home of Charles Lathrop, 60, deputies saw Lathrop standing in front of the garage, outside of his Barberry Avenue home holding the puppy down while striking it with his fist. “The puppy was crying and trying to get away from Lathrop,” stated a press release according to Z107.7News. Lathrop was arrested and transferred to the Morongo Basin Jail and has been charged with one felony count of willful animal cruelty. He admitted to the deputy that he punched the dog about 20 times because he was detoxing off heroin. Bond has been set at $50,000.
Animal Control seized the puppy who has been reported to have been seriously injured.
Authorities are asking anyone with additional information to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at (760)366-4175.
There have not been any updates on the puppy’s condition.
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