By Penny Eims
Images of a man driving to the gate of the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society shelter in Baton Rouge, La. on Saturday, and hurling a puppy over the fencing, sparked outrage.
Today, the man in the video has been identified and now he is facing a charge of animal cruelty.
According to Wednesday’s publication of The Advocate, 38-year-old Richard Hawn is believed to be the man who threw the puppy, since named “Jimmy,” over the fencing.
Volunteers at the no-kill rescue shelter were outraged over Hawn’s cruel actions on Saturday. The gate to the facility was unlocked and there was no reason that the puppy could not have humanely been placed inside of the fenced area.
According to information shared on the shelter’s Facebook page, an anonymous tip led to Hawn’s identification and arrest. According to the organization’s post, Hawn admitted to throwing Jimmy over the fence.
Jimmy, a hound mix, appears to be doing well since his unceremonious disposal at the facility this past weekend. The puppy has an appointment with a veterinarian, and if all is well, he will be available for adoption this Saturday.
Prior story at this link.
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