Man charged for throwing dog out of moving car

March 13, 2013

Ryan Scott Ottney

PDT Staff Writer

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio — A dog is recovering from minor injuries after being thrown from a moving car in South Point Monday and the suspect has been arrested.

According to the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, they received a report Monday that someone had witnessed a dog being thrown out the window of a moving car on U.S. 52, near the Solida Road exit. The complainant, who witnessed the incident, reportedly took a photo of the vehicle’s license plate with their cell phone.

Detectives discovered the owner of the vehicle was a construction company out of Ashland, Ky. and the company did cooperate with detectives and told them who was assigned that vehicle and where it could be found. At noon on Wednesday, detectives found the vehicle parked at the County Hearth Hotel in South Point. The suspect, Joshua Phillips, 33, of Russell, Ky., was asleep inside the vehicle.

Phillips was arrested with a second-degree misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals, and taken to the Lawrence County Jail. He will be arraigned in the Lawrence County Municipal Court on Friday.

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

The dog was treated for minor injuries and placed in the care of a private citizen.

Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 287, or rottney@civitasmedia.com.