Teen who threw dog in viral video faced judge

In Providence, Rhode Island, an 18-year-old teenager who posted a video showing him throwing the family dog, faced a judge on Wednesday. Gerald Hazard, 18, has been charged with animal abuse.

According to 10turnto10News, the teen’s mother tried to defend her son’s actions after his arraignment at the Providence District Court. She stated that the family handles their dogs differently than other people, but contended the young pit bull had not been abused.

The video showed Hazard pick up the dog by the neck and throw her. The dog appeared to have landed on the bed and landed on his feet.

Hazard’s mother explained that her dog does not wear a collar and that mothers in the wild pick their babies up by the neck.

Last week the Rhode Island SPCA posted the video asking for the public’s help identifying the person throwing the dog. The dog named Crystal has since been surrendered to the organization and is currently available for adoption.

“What was most disturbing to us was not just what he did but they seemed to be in jest, and they were laughing, didn’t take it as anything serious. That was more concerning,” stated Joseph Warzycha, the president of the RI SPCA.

Hazard is upset he no longer has his dog. His court date is set for July 10.

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2 replies
  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    It’s concerning this thug’s mother is sticking up for such actions.You can tell the upbringing he has and is receiving.

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