The Lyft driver, allegedly videoed reaching for an elderly dog and then tossing it out of the car during a road rage incident, has been charged with animal cruelty. On Tuesday, the New Jersey SPCA Humane Police filed criminal and civil animal cruelty charges against Marc Dione, 22 – the man authorities have identified as being involved in the argument and grabbing the dog.
According to NJ.com, the NJSPCA initiated their investigation on Sunday after the video had been posted on social media of Dione in a physical brawl with another man. The disturbing video showed a a red Honda and a white Toyota stopped on Bloomfield Avenue. The two drivers argued, and it appeared another person in one of the cars recorded the skirmish as it happened. The man driving the Toyota pushed the other driver who fell. That person then got up, reached into the Toyota and grabbed a small dog which he then threw out onto the sidewalk.
“What’s your f —ing problem?, the first man yelled and he got closer to the other man. He then shoved the other man who fell. “Record that,” could be heard.
Dione is accused of reaching into the backseat of the other man’s car, picking up a 12-year-old miniature pinscher named Daphne, and throwing the dog onto the sidewalk. The dog can then be seen running into the street.
“Despite some bruises and stress resulting from this traumatic event, Daphne is recovering well,” the NJSPCA said in a news release.
Lyft also issued a statement, expressing their shock and disappointment but reassuring the public, the driver is no longer on their team:
“We are shocked and horrified by this… While this did not happen on the Lyft platform, we permanently deactivated the individual after learning of his truly cruel behavior; he will never again be able to use Lyft. We are relieved to hear that Daphne is recovering well.”
Get well soon Daphne. This was not your argument, and you were a tragic victim of rage.
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