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6/17/2014 5:04:00 PM
Man arrested in puppy-throwing incident
Joseph Kennedy is accused of throwing a puppy out of a moving car near Cornville. The dog survived but has neurological issues.
Joseph Kennedy is accused of throwing a puppy out of a moving car near Cornville. The dog survived but has neurological issues.

Suspected of throwing a puppy out of a moving car, a Cornville man was arrested Monday and faces drug charges along with animal cruelty accusations.

Joseph Kennedy, 27, was taken into custody by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office after deputies receiving calls generated by media coverage of the puppy-throwing incident.

On June 11, at least one witness, MaryAnn Canning of Cornville, reported seeing the young female dog tossed from a vehicle traveling 50 mph on Cornville Road near the switchbacks. Canning picked up the injured puppy and reported the incident to YCSO.

Following media reports, several calls came into YCSO, and Kennedy was identified as a suspect.

A deputy found Kennedy Monday afternoon in the back of a truck stopped at a convenience store in Cottonwood. He was detained and handcuffed, allegedly becoming uncooperative with the deputies. A search of his property allegedly turned up three packages of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

According to the report, Kennedy had been in a fight with his "apparent girlfriend" the day of the incident and was "distraught." He was riding with others in a friend's car when he allegedly threw the puppy out of the window. Kennedy's 8-month-old son was also in the car at the time.

After Kennedy was arrested, deputies were able to locate his son in Cottonwood with a babysitter. The Department of Child Safety took custody of the baby.

Kennedy was booked at the Camp Verde Detention center and remains in custody on $17,500 bond.

The puppy received emergency treatment from a local vet clinic and is in a foster home. She is reportedly deaf and mostly blind from the incident but is doing well.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Article comment by: Samuel Whittemore

Good, glad they arrested this creep. Hope he gets punished to the full extent of the law.

Now if they could just arrest those responsible for the child abuse, abandonment, violence against, and even selling into sexual slavery the tens of thousands of little children on our Southern border.

Oh wait.....they would have to arrest the Attorney General of the United States, and the President of the United States and dozens, if not hundreds of their senior officials.

Oh can only dream that justice would be done one day.

Semper Fi

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