An Arizona man has been arrested after he reportedly threw a puppy from his car while traveling over 50 miles per hour with his 8-month-old son in the car.
On Monday, police arrested 27-year-old Joseph Kennedy for animal cruelty as well as drug charges.
Kennedy told police that he was “distraught” after having an argument with his girlfriend a week earlier and “while riding with others in a friend’s car, he tossed the dog from the vehicle because he didn’t care for the animal.”
Thankfully the pup survived and is active but suffered “significant neurological’ damage. It was treated by Montezuma Veterinary Services. Vets say the puppy suffered brain damage and has vision problems.
The pup has since been adopted by MaryAnn Canning.
“She’s doing so well – that’s the best part of the story as far as I’m concerned. I was really relieved that Hope is going to get some justice,” said Canning, who named the puppy Hope after he managed to survive the ordeal.
Police found Kennedy after receiving several tips from the public in the back of a pickup truck parked in front of a convenience store. When the truck began to move, Kennedy reportedly ducked down on the bed hoping he wasn’t spotted. He was.
He was reportedly uncooperative and resisted arrest when police detained him. When they searched his property, they found methamphetamine and “associated paraphernalia.”
His son, whose location Kennedy refused to disclose, was found with a babysitter and has since been taken into custody by Child Protective Services.
Kennedy has been charged with two counts of animal cruelty and possession of dangerous drugs and paraphernalia. He is being held at the Camp Verde Detention Center on $17,500 bond.