In Clarksville, Indiana, police are looking for a man suspected of animal cruelty caught on a cellphone video kicking and throwing a brick at a dog missing from Louisville.
According to the News and Tribune, Clarksville Police Department reported an active warrant has been issued for Joe M. Ware, 20, after an extensive investigation of the December incident. According to court records, police responded to an animal complaint at the Beckett Street Apartments, where a witness stated he saw a man pick up a white boxer mix and throw the dog through the front door of the apartment. When the dog tried to escape off the porch, the man kicked him “field goal style,” the witness explained and then threw a brick at the frightened animal.
The witness did record a portion of the alleged cruelty showing the suspect throwing the brick, and at no time did the dog become aggressive.
Police interviewed a woman at the apartment, who stated the dog had shown up on her front step and had been whimpering. When the dog supposedly became aggressive with another dog in her home, Ware walked the dog outside and picked up the brick to threaten the dog.
The dog was soon picked up by Clarksville Animal Control and has since been reunited with his owner.
Ware faces charges for a level 6 felony for “mutilation of an animal.” He faces two class A misdemeanors for animal cruelty – one for kicking the dog and one for abandonment.
Click here for a link to the video.
(Photo via Clarksville PD and freezeshot of Facebook video)
Anyone with information in this case should contact the Clarksville Police Department at 812-288-7151.
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