WAREHAM — A 51-year-old East Falmouth man has been charged with animal cruelty for tossing a dog from the Stonebridge in Onset into the water from a height of more than 12 feet for fun, which was caught on video. He then jumped in himself. See video:
The Wareham Department of Natural Resources responded to a report that a man had thrown a dog off of the Point Independence Bridge (Stonebridge) on Onset Avenue Friday evening, July 27. Reports indicated that the man had picked up a dog and lifted the dog over the concrete wall along the bridge, dropping the dog in excess of 12 feet into the waterway below. The man then jumped into the water himself after he had thrown the dog in, according to the Wareham DNR.
A natural resources officer conducted a field interview with the man, now identified as Kevin G. Ouellette, 51, of 15 Brady Drive, East Falmouth, according to the DNR. Ouellette stated to the officer that he did this all the time and that the dog “likes it,” according to the DNR. The dog, a male American Staffordshire Terrier, was uninjured during the incident.
An investigation was completed and as a result, it has been determined that Ouellette was not the dog’s owner and the dog had been taken without permission from the owner, according to the DNR. It was also determined that Ouellette had inflicted unnecessary cruelty upon the dog by throwing the dog into the water in excess of 12 feet, according to the DNR. Surveillance footage from an adjacent private business shows the dog being thrown over the railing of the bridge and landing hard in the waterway below.
Through the assistance of the Animal Rescue League of Boston - Law Enforcement Division, the Wareham Police Dept. and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department - BCI (Bureau of Criminal Investigations) an application for criminal complaint was filed Friday, Aug. 3, in Wareham District Court against Ouellette on the following charges: animal cruelty by custodian, larceny from a building, and municipal bylaw violation (bridge jumping), according to the DNR.
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