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UPDATE: Guilty Plea in Puppy Tossed from Moving SUV Case

UPDATE 4/1/13
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A woman involved in a case where a puppy was thrown from a moving SUV has pleaded guilty.

According to the Lawrence County Municipal Court, Jennifer Edmonds pleaded guilty last week to cruelty to animals, animal abandonment, and falsification.

The charges stem back to March 11, when someone saw a puppy thrown from a moving SUV on US 52 in South Point.

Investigators say Edmonds and Joshua Phillips were in the SUV. Both were arrested a couple of days after the incident.

Edmonds was sentenced to 90 days in jail, and given credit for the 15 days she had already served. She was also sentenced to community service, probation and paying for court costs.

The puppy was found and he was ok. The man who saw the puppy being thrown from the SUV is taking care of him.

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UPDATE 3/14/13 @ 6:31 p.m.
IRONTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Jennifer Edmonds has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

The charge comes after a witness saw someone throw a puppy out of a car window onto US 52 in South Point on Monday.

Edmonds, according to the booking spokesperson at the Lawrence County Jail, was brought in a little after 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Edmonds is facing a charge of lying to investigators. She was also wanted on an unrelated warrant out of Kentucky.



UPDATE 3/13/13 @ 2:25 p.m.
SOUTH POINT, Ohio (WSAZ) -- The Lawrence County Sheriff says a man has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty after investigators say he tossed a dog out of a moving SUV.

The incident happened Monday morning on U.S. 52 in South Point.

A man driving behind the SUV says he saw a woman in that vehicle toss the Chihuahua out of the window. The driver took a cell phone picture of the vehicle, which included the license plate.

The witness then called 911 and followed the SUV into Kentucky. The man also called a woman who worked at his office to go look for the dog. As the woman was looking alongside the highway, two college students pulled over on U.S. 52 when they saw cars dodging something in the road.

The dog ran to the median where one of the students grabbed the pooch.

Sheriff Jeff Lawless says Joshua Phillips, 33, of Russell, Ky., was arrested in the parking lot of a motel in South Point. Lawless says Phillips was asleep in the SUV when he was arrested.

Phillips told WSAZ.com that the dog jumped out of the car window. He also said he did not know whom the dog belonged to. When asked why he didn't stop and help the dog, he said, "Because there was a car behind me beeping and being aggressive."

Phillips is being charged with second-degree misdemeanor cruelty to animals. He was then taken to the Lawrence County Jail. Phillips will be arraigned on Friday.

A veterinarian says the pup is going to be OK. By Monday evening, the puppy had a new home.

“I commend this witness for reporting the incident and capturing the images on his cell phone, “Lawless said. “We live in a world where all of our action could be captured on film, so this should be a deterrent to crime.”



ORIGINAL STORY 3/11/13 @ 8:13 p.m.
SOUTH POINT, Ohio (WSAZ) -- A dog has a new home, as well as a new lease on life, after he was tossed from a car window.

Chris Hutchinson saw a woman toss the Chihuahua about 10:20 a.m. Monday along U.S. 52 in South Point.

"(I) Physically saw her arms come out the window with this item and throw it, and I saw it hit the ground," Hutchinson said. "It took my mind a few seconds to register that was a live animal."

Hutchinson called 911 and followed the SUV -- a black Cadillac Escalade with Kentucky plates -- into Kentucky.

He then called someone who worked at his office to go look for the dog.

As she was looking alongside the highway, two college students pulled over on U.S. 52 when they saw cars dodging something in the road.

The dog ran to the median where Clayton Curnutte was able to grab the pooch.

"He went down in the ditch, kind of fell, and as soon as he seen me, he jumped out of the mud and ran to me," Curnutte explained.

Chris' employee, who was walking up and down the side of U.S. 52 looking for the dog, started knocking on doors inquiring if anyone had found a dog.

Meanwhile, the young guys who found the puppy did the same thing.

They both ended up at a local business called Garage Doors Plus.

Debbie Conley, who owns the business, saw the puppy right after the incident.

"It was just shaking all over, just trembling, all curled just in a ball," Conley said.

Conley, who'd taken the phone number of the guys, was able to help connect both parties.

By Monday evening, that puppy had a new home. Hutchinson, who saw it get tossed out the window like a piece of trash, has a new puppy.

The veterinarian says the pup is going to be OK. Meanwhile, he has filed a report with the Lawrence County Ohio Sheriff's Office.


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