A Florida man, videoed by his neighbor stuffing a litter of puppies into a pillowcase and then kicking and throwing them into a storm drain, was arrested this week by the Jacksonville Police. Ernest Martin, 39, has been accused of six counts of animal cruelty for the abandonment of animals in public without providing for their welfare. According to News4Jax, Martin was caught on camera last September cramming the six puppies he stole from his stepfather into the pillowcase.
Martin is then seen tossing the puppies one by one over a fence and walking to the storm drain in the street. There he tries to push all the puppies. into the drain. As they struggle to escape, Martin kicks them back into the hole.
The witness, who videoed the disturbing scene, couldn’t believe anyone could be so callous:
“He throws them real high into the air and over the fence and they’re hitting the ground. He came back outside with some pillow cases, grabbed the puppies up one by one, came out here to the drain and started shoving them into the drain. When they started moving around, he was kicking them, trying to shove them back into the drain.”
Fortunately all six puppies were rescued and survived the attack; one of the puppies lives with Martin’s stepfather and family members have adopted the others. According to Martin’s mother, her son suffers from schizophrenia and stated her son thought they were tiny demons. Martin remains in jail in lieu of a $90,000 bond.
(Photos of suspect and pillowcase full of puppies via Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and freezshot of witness video)
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