Police: Joseph Kennedy accused of tossing puppy from car in northern Arizona

CORNVILLE, AZ - A 27-year-old man is facing felony animal abuse charges after allegedly throwing a puppy out of a window last week in northern Arizona, according to police.

Joseph Kennedy, of Cornville, was arrested Monday by Yavapai County Sheriff's Office officials on charges of cruelty to animals and possession of dangerous drugs and paraphernalia.

Witnesses reported to authorities on June 11 that a man was seen throwing a puppy out of a vehicle window along Cornville Road traveling approximately 50 miles per hour, according to the release.

The puppy was taken to the Montezuma Veterinary Services in Camp Verde where it was treated for neurological and blindness issues. Police said the puppy has since been placed in a foster home and is "now doing well," according to the release.

Authorities said YCSO received several tips from viewers who saw various media reports on the incident.

YCSO said Kennedy was located in the bed of a pickup truck at a convenience store where he earlier tried to duck down to avoid being seen by officers.

He was uncooperative when authorities tried to arrest him, police said. Authorities found three packages of methamphetamine and association paraphernalia on him at the time of his arrest.

Authorities said that Kennedy had recently broken up with his girlfriend and was reportedly "distraught," according to the press release. He was riding in a friend's vehicle, along with his 8-month-old son, when he allegedly threw the puppy out of the vehicle window.

Police said Kennedy refused to provide authorities with the location of his son so police could conduct a welfare check. Police said Kennedy's son was located with a babysitter and placed in custody of Child Protective Services.

Kennedy was booked into the Camp Verde Detention Center on $17,500 bond.

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