4-month-old German shepherd puppy cried as owner punched it outside of home

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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66 replies
  1. Christine Brown says:

    OMFG what a BASTARD you are i hope that you receive a bloody good beating in what you did to that defenseless 4 month old pup. I hope that you go down for a long time. Please keep us informed how the pup is doing

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    • Mary Ann Clark says:

      He should never get out of jail! Please find out how that poor puppy is and where he got this poor creature !

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      • Vickie Toppings says:

        Someone should do the same to the owner.. A crue person who would do such a thing to a harmless or cannot defend for it self. I will pray he gets punished for hurting a harmless little puppy. I hope justice will be done for this defensive little puppy. It breaks my heart. I will pray for the little puppy for fast recovery and a good home. I pray that person will never own another animal to hurt. Don’t deserve one. I love my baby girls. I thank God for them.

  2. Sheri says:

    I pray that someone has the sense never to allow this POS to have the privilege of owning another animal. I pray for the puppies recovery and a loving home that he so deserves. Karma x1000 to you POS

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  3. Barkley's Mom says:

    So detoxing off heroin is a good excuse for beating your German Shepherd Puppy. I pray the puppy will be alright and I pray Charles Lathrop pays dearly for what he has done.

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  4. Janie Ledergerber says:

    Too bad this a-hole didn’t overdose and die. The poor puppy would have been better off. This creep is a piece of junkie garbage and I hope somebody beats the crap out of him.

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  5. maxiemom says:

    So it’s the puppy’s fault that this POS was detoxing off of heroin? I’m sick to death of people using garbage like this as an excuse for animal abuse!!! This is an EXCUSE! I hope they lock this scumbag up and throw away the key!

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  6. sharon says:

    It’s times like this that I wish super heros did exist (and it was me) then I could swoop down save all the poor animals and kick the living shit out of whoever it is hurting them!!! It makes my stomach turn over thinking of these poor animals suffering at the hands of pieces of crap like this!!!

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    • Amelia DeLucia says:

      I feel the same way Sharon! It hurts my soul to think of this happening to children and animals!! I fantasize about catching one of these demonic cowards and beating them until there’s nothing left to beat!!!

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  7. Dawn Hubbard says:

    Please give us updates on condition of puppy. Ban Lathrop from ever owning another defenseless animal in life!

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  8. Helen says:

    This sick SOB should do us all a favor and overdose. He’s a poor excuse of a human being, beating a poor puppy because he couldn’t deal with his detoxing. It’s his fault that he is a worthless junkie. I hope the puppy recovers from the injuries and placed in a loving home. Please update.

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  9. Nadine Karsevar says:

    This BASTARD should burn, BLESS the Rescuers and Police. Good thing he was not my neighbor. An eye for an eye. Between my baseball bat, 380 and Shepherds he would have been toast.

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  10. Pati says:

    What a POS. And here were are honoring those who died in Military Service and this POS is doing this. He should never be free again.
    I sure hope the puppy makes it….

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  11. Viki Hood says:

    Lets all watch court proceedings on this scumbag. He needs hit hard and for a very long time. Jail has inmates that do a beautiful job of their own justice. Prayers for the puppy. Keep us posted please. San Bernardino is not the place for this pup.

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  12. Cynthia Como says:

    I hope he overdoses on heroin and does the entire world o favor by dying in the process!! Unfortunately the laws where this happened are just as bad, if not worse than here in the U.S.

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  13. Ellen Anderson says:

    The irony here is that if this sweet little puppy ever again saw the druggie who kicked the crap out of him repeatedly …. he would run up to him with tail wagging and lick his face. Dogs are such sweet forgiving loving creatures …. I hate it when anyone does anything to hurt them.

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  14. Sherry says:

    Dear God, why don’t they get updates on the puppy since last wed.. Don’t they have investigators do follow up report. Does the animal shelter or hopefully rescue group need help with his medical bills. This is the way to start, by getting the word out to people like us. Usually they set up funds for donations. Please let us know something.

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  15. Brenda says:

    Please give us an update on the poor baby. I am also willing to adopt this little one 🙂 I am a previous Enforcement Officer and have a soft spot for shepherds.

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  16. susispot says:

    Please let us know if there is an update on the pup? I hope to heaven he will survive and live a better life with a new family.

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  17. pennysdachshund says:

    IWOULD l LOVE to HELP HIM DETOX and give him 10 CC’s of heroin in the Carotid Artery::: Quick and He will never again HAVE to worry about detoxing or torturing a small animal!!! EVER AGAIN!!!

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  18. Susan Morgillo says:

    I don’t understand how these authority people don’t think that this behavior of people abusing animals is not a SERIOUS problem.

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  19. Rita Helton says:

    I don’t give a damm how that sob is for him I hope they keep his ass locked up for good and lose the key give that sob an ass beating As for that poor little puppy I pray that he makes it and fines a better and safer home one that he is loved please keep me updated On that poor puppy no animal deserves to be beaten for any reason .

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  20. Joy says:

    Oh wow he was detoxing, great excuse. Could have been one of his kids if he has any, hope not. So what I hope is when you go to prison the fellas inside will help you with your detoxing, please beat him 20 times for each time he beat that poor puppie. You are a discussing monster, karma will get you in prison you better get ready asshole, lol

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  21. Maureen Dougherty says:

    Yes this piece of crap deserves to spend some serious jail time in with animal lovers and let justice be done. I hope they beat him like he beat that poor puppy. Is there an update on the puppy’s condition?

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  22. Nancy Raymond says:

    I hope that Charles Lathrop’s next heroin fix is a lethal one – just go OD you useless sack of shit – big man who is nothing more than a useless waste of flesh and blood – taking up too much space – maybe some of the boys in jail will make YOU a victim – I hope that poor puppy recovers and gets the safe loving home he sure never had.

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  23. Marina Trofin says:

    Another f…g piece of shit which is abusing an innocent puppy!
    I hope he will have one way ticket to hell!
    Disgusting monster who deserves to be killed!

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  24. Shahla Tavakoli says:

    I would beat this loser up till he paralized and then throw him in jail., and he gets raped over and over!
    Please tell us where the poor puppy is and how he is doing!? About time that stronger laws protect these innocents from evils!
    Hate human race more and more every day!!!!

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  25. Jackie M. Marsh says:

    WHAT ABOUT THE PUPPY? PLS SOMEBODY GET BACK TO US ON THIS PRECIOUS INNOCENT LIFE!!!!!!! TO HELL WITH HIM!!!!!

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  26. Dianne Chino says:

    Still asking for updates on the puppy “Chance”. Does anyone know if animal control has provided any updates? I witnessed the abuse and the sound of the pup yelping haunts me to this day.

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  27. Pamela D'Angio says:

    SICK LOW LIFE BASTARD. I WANT TO TORTURE ALL THESE COWARD ANIMAL ABUSERS. I AM SICK TO DEATH OF THEM AND I WISH TORTURE AND DEATH ON THEM.

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  28. Pamela D'Angio says:

    HEARTLESS MOTHERF*^KERS ANIMAL ABUSERS ARE AND COWARDS. MENTALLY SICK AND FUCKED UP NO NEED TO BE ON THIS EARTH USELESS AND A DANGER TO SOCIETY. ROT IN PAIN AND DIE SINCE IT DOESN’T BOTHER THEM TO ABUSE ANIMALS AND HEAR THESE POOR THINGS WHIMPERING IN PAIN. THE SAME THING NEEDS TO HAPPEN TO THEM. I HATE THEM

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  29. terry says:

    I take it this puppy didn’t survive as there’s been no updates. I cannot believe how many stories there are like this here. It makes my stomach churn. People take puppies home in order to commit the most horrendous atrocities on them. If I ruled the world all humans who do that would be exterminated. Sorry if that offends anyone but I don’t see any reason for them to continue to exist & inflict suffering on other sentient beings.

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  30. Dee says:

    Put him prison for a few weeks with general population and let the prisoners know what he did. They wuill take care of the moron. Cut off all drugs from him as well. no “downers” to get off heroin!

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