For the second time in recent weeks, the Hinesville Police Department is investigating another case of animal cruelty.
An incident report was filed by Hinesville Patrolman Jeremy Craig, who said he responded to a report Tuesday morning of a dog being thrown from a vehicle at the intersection of Darsey Road and South Main Street extension. When the officer arrived, he spoke with Danielle Gordon, who told Craig she was putting her daughter on a school bus around 6:15 a.m. when she saw a man driving a black SUV on South Main Street extension heading toward Darsey Road pull over and throw a black dog out of the window. When the dog hit the ground, Gordon said, it yelped and started to cry loudly.
Gordon said the SUV drove off but came back and traveled up and down South Main Street extension several times, eventually making a right turn onto Darsey Road and entering Eagle Apartments.
Around 7 a.m. Gordon returned to the area where she had seen the dog get tossed from the vehicle and found the frightened animal sitting there. When Craig arrived, the dog was drooling heavily and had soiled itself. The 1-year-old black Labrador retriever had cuts to his head, legs and on its underside. The dog, which has been named Eagle by animal-control personnel who picked it up, was taken to a local veterinarian who also noted the animal had tar from the road on its front tooth where it hit the ground.
Craig and an animal-control officer went to a unit in Eagle Apartments, where the SUV driver reportedly turned in, according to Gordon. The authorities spoke with a man who said he didn’t like dogs and didn’t toss a dog out of his vehicle window. He did, however, tell the officers he drove up and down South Main Street Extension several times and also saw Gordon and the woman standing on the side of the road.
HPD Detective Kyle Lairamore has taken over the case. He said the person who threw the dog from the vehicle will face cruelty to animals and abandonment charges — both misdemeanors — once an arrest is made.