Man ‘kicked puppy in face, dragged it by the collar and threw it over wall’

A man shocked beachgoers after he allegedly kicked a puppy in the face before hurling the small pooch over a wall in broad daylight.

Noah Counts, 20, was arrested after police were alerted to calls of a man attacking a three-month-old puppy on Clearwater Beach in Florida.

Multiple witnesses told the cops that they witnessed Counts drag the poor dog with its leash before throwing it over a wall.

The 20-year-old, who was arrested on Monday (March 14), told an officer that he was sad because the pooch was eating food that wasn't his.

It has been reported that he wasn't even meant to be there with the animal because authorities refuse to let dogs roam around Clearwater Beach.

Cops also discovered a charcoal grill, which is forbidden at the site, along with two containers of alcohol which also go against city orders, reports Fox13.

It has been confirmed that he was booked into the Pinellas County Jail.

Over in Northumberland, UK, a couple were recently jailed for starving their emaciated dog, which an animal welfare officer described as one of the worst cases of animal cruelty he had ever seen.

Kerry Patterson, 35, and Reece Milburn, 30, pretended they had found Tiggy dumped by the side of a road and reported it to their local authorities.

But they were later identified as the lurcher's owners after Northumberland County Council launched an appeal in December 2019.

The pooch, three, was pictured with hardly had any fur, with her ribs being clearly visible through her body. She was also dehydrated and was unable to stand because she was so weak.

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Council spokesperson Philip Soderquest said: “Our animal welfare team work tirelessly to investigate cases of animal neglect and cruelty and bring the perpetrators to justice.

“We were absolutely determined that Tiggy’s former owners would have had their day in court and although it has taken two years, today we got the result we were after.

“Thanks to the dedication of the team at Berwick Animal Rescue Centre, Tiggy had a happy ending.

“She is a picture of health and happiness with a new home, a new life with dog companions, and even a new name.”

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