In Port Hueneme. California, a homeless man was arrested on Monday for kicking a dog “approximately 15 feet into the air” without provocation. Dylan McTaggert faces charges of animal cruelty, fighting in public and assault on a lifeguard.
According to the VCStar, police responded to a disturbance on Friday afternoon after McTaggert allegedly approached a woman walking her miniature schnauzer along the beach and kicked the small pup into the air. The dog, named Sophie, fell to the ground unconscious causing her lung to collapse and displacing her heart.
“She’s my kid so it’s been really really hard. Friday was bad,” stated the dog’s owner about the dog’s condition. “Saturday was bad. It took 24 hours before she recognized us… She’s wagged her tail a few times so it’s pretty exciting.”
McTaggert lives in an illegal encampment area nearby and has had prior run-ins for disturbing beach goers. He is a registered sex offender and currently on probation for assaulting officers; he is being held at the Ventura County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond. Anyone who witnessed what happened is asked to contact the Port Hueneme Police Department at 805.986.6530.
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