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Dog thrown off bridge after ‘it got in the way’

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Not that there are any acceptable ones, but we’ve been hearing some pretty flimsy excuses for abusing dogs in recent weeks.

First there was the Chicago man who allegedly stabbed a neighbor’s dog to death because it tore his $3.78 shirt.

Then came the Salt Lake City woman who’s accused of spraying Raid down her dog’s throat, killing it, to keep her ex-husband from taking the dog with him when he left. (We’d say it’s probably a good thing he left.)

drewThen, this week in North Carolina, a New Bern man told WCTI News he threw a dog off a drawbridge and into the Trent River “because it got in the way.”

Samuel Drew, 36, appeared before a judge Monday. He is charged with animal cruelty and faces up to 10 years in prison after witnesses said they saw him throw a hound mix off the Alfred A. Cunningham drawbridge in downtown New Bern just before noon Saturday, NewsChannel 12 reported.

In a courthouse hallway, he was asked why. You can see his response here – one so casual it’s clear he considers dogs disposable, a view that seems to be at the root of all three cases.

Drew also admitted to police what he’d done, officers say. ”He admitted to us that he had, in fact, thrown the dog over the bridge into the river,” said Officer Doug Evans. Drew told police he was annoyed that the hound, along with a pit bull mix, were following him, and that he was going to throw the pit bull off the bridge too, but couldn’t get a hold of him, Evans said.

A pair of boaters, Patsy and Jesse Tripp, saw the dog thrown into the water.Patty Tripp jumped in the water to rescue him and swam with him to shore. Another boater managed to pull the dog from the water, but was bitten in the process.

Both the hound mix and the pit bull were taken to Craven-Pamlico Animal Services Center. Trinity Smith, an animal control supervisor told WNCT that the two dogs were traveling together and it is unknown whether the dogs have an owner. If an owner does not step forward, they will be put up for adoption, Smith said.

Comments

Comment from Jen Brighton
Time June 20, 2013 at 11:13 am

Makes me wonder what has happened to humanity? Cruelty to others and animals is a sign of a very messed up person.

Comment from smoketoomuch
Time June 21, 2013 at 7:41 am

If you ask me, this clown is the one who is “in the way”. (as in; in the way of decency, humanity, etc.) Lock him up and see to it that he has plenty of time to ruminate on what he has done, or, failing that, someone should throw his ass off a bridge!

Comment from baron fodrie
Time July 4, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I know the guy, saw him on the bridge, he honestly isn’t right… Its sad, if it was my dog I would have thrown him off the bridge, but in his defense, he isn’t mentally fit to really get what he did was wrong.

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