Charges have been filed against a man who allegedly threw a puppy out of an SUV outside a North Carolina animal shelter.
“This morning even though our gate was open he chose to sling a puppy out the window,” PAWS Bryson City posted to Facebook Sept. 8.
Video shows a man opening and closing a passenger door before pointing at the ground and tossing the puppy out of the window seconds later.
PAWS Bryson City asked the public for help identifying the man as well as locating the puppy.
“We wish the person that did this would have done the right thing and drove on through the gates so we could assist them rather than slinging this poor innocent dog out the window,” the animal shelter stated.
The man was identified to Fox News Digital as 35-year-old David Paul George Jr. by a Bryson City Police Department officer.
The puppy, affectionately named “Apollo,” was found days later. He was reportedly malnourished, loaded with fleas and parasites, with some small abrasions and two small fractures.
“This little guy has no idea how much he’s worried us all. We’ve all had sleepless nights but that’s nothing compared to what he’s been through,” a subsequent Facebook post reads.
The motives behind George’s alleged actions are not known, USA Today reports.
He faces charges of cruelty to animals and abandonment of an animal. He is scheduled to be in a Swain County courtroom Sept. 26, according to WLOS.
News of what happened to Apollo has garnered so much attention that the shelter has joked that he might need an agent.
Interest in adopting him is high, but he will need to be at the shelter a few more months before he can be neutered, WLOS states.
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