In St. Albans, West Virginia, the owner of a five-month-old puppy has been accused of kicking and abusing a defenseless animal until it could not stand. Officers were called to a home on Knox Avenue on Wednesday evening.
According to WsazNews, Joseph Carl Massey, 42, faces animal cruelty charges. When police arrived at Massey’s home, they found a black puppy unable to stand. His little legs wobbled when he tried to get up and constantly fell over as he cried in pain.
Massey has denied hurting the puppy, however a witness reported to the police she had seen Massey through the privacy fence throwing the puppy as it landed on its back. She also observed the man kick the puppy up into the air and yell at the dog. A video accompanied the woman’s verbal report.
The puppy is currently being treated at the South Charleston Emergency Animal Clinic and appears to have sustained head trauma.
Massey is currently in jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond.
(Photo via screenshot Wvah.com)
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