In Xenia, Ohio, a felony arrest warrant was issued on Saturday for the man accused of slamming an 8-week-old puppy to the ground after swinging the defenseless animal around on its leash. According to the Dayton Daily News, Matthew Bolen faces “causing serious harm to a companion animal” charges.
The puppy, named Willow was found last weekend after a neighbor called 911:
“One of my neighbors is throwing a dog around, and he’s like swinging him around and banging him on the ground,” the 911 caller told dispatch. “The dog is crying like crazy.”
Officers responded to the residence on Colorado Drive and arrested Bolen on an outstanding warrant. Bolen’s girlfriend had been the original owner of Willow; she has since relinquished ownership of the puppy to Leah Lind, a victim’s advocate with the city of Xenia.
The puppy suffered serious injuries. A GoFundMe account described the puppy as having a broken knee, dislocated hip and fragmented bone in her hip socket. Willow is recovering from surgery and more procedures will be needed in the future. There is still a chance the dog may need to have her let amputated. And through it all, the puppy wags her tail, loves everyone and hops and plays as if nothing was wrong.
You can follow this adorable pooch’s recovery here.
(Photos of suspect and 8-week-old puppy via Xenia Police and Saving Willow)
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