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Cornville man accused of throwing a puppy from a car traveling 50 mph in north-central Arizona

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PRESCOTT, Arizona — Prescott police say a Cornville man is accused of throwing a puppy from a car traveling 50 mph in north-central Arizona.

They say 27-year-old Joseph Kennedy was arrested Monday on suspicion of two felony counts of cruelty to animals plus possession of dangerous drugs and paraphernalia.

Police say Kennedy told officers that he was distraught after fighting with his girlfriend.

Asked why he threw the puppy from the vehicle, police say Kennedy said he didn't care for the animal.

The female puppy was treated at a Prescott-area emergency veterinarian clinic. Authorities say the animal suffered significant neurological issues.

Police say the incident occurred last Wednesday morning.

Kennedy was arrested by a Yavapai County sheriff's deputy, who spotted him in the back of a truck stopped at a Cottonwood convenience store.

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