A Warwick, Rhode Island man faces animal cruelty charges for abusing and kicking an aged Shih Tzu after he grabbed the dog by the scruff of the neck – flipped it into the air causing the dog to fall and then kicking the defenseless dog in the face. Warwick Police Office Gavin McVeigh arrested Edward F. Sampson, 40 after interviewing witnesses and watching a video of the alleged incident recorded by a concerned neighbor.
According to the Warwick Post, a neighbor called authorities after he heard his new neighbor’s dog, who had been living upstairs, yelping as it it was in pain. The neighbor described the 15-year-old black and white Shih Tzu, and said he was concerned for the dog’s safety and had used surveillance footage of the man abusing the dog. Police stated the video showed the man flipping the dog head over heels several times before landing on the ground. The dog tried to escape, but the man grabbed the pup, threw it again and then kicked the helpless animal in the head.
In an interview, Sampson, who walked the dog named Jazzy for his girlfriend, said that he may have thrown the dog during a black out and didn’t remember. Sampson admitted he had not been taking his prescribed medications. Jazzy has been seized by the Warwick Animal Control. Sampson was released on personal recognizance and is not allowed to be near any animals without supervision. His court appearance is scheduled for July 10.
There has been no update on Jazzy’s condition. If you think an animal is being abused, call the authorities. Be the voice for those who cannot speak. Perhaps Jazzy is alive today because a neighbor recorded the alleged abuse and called the police. There are heroes for our animals everywhere. Be one!
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(Photo not the subject dog of Warwick man arrest for hurting aged Shih Tzu)