Animal Crimes

Man Hurls Small Dog To Its Death On Georgia Highway, Police Say

Witnesses at the scene held Michael Copeland, the alleged dog killer, until police arrived. Authorities are trying to contact the pet's owner. 

A dog was violently killed in Georgia after a man threw it onto a highway.

DeKalb County Police say Michael Copeland, 48, was on an exit ramp of I-20 when he allegedly threw the small dog approximately 20 feet onto the highway below.

"There were some witnesses who got out of their vehicles and detained Mr. Copeland until police arrived," Shiera D. Campbell, public information officer for DeKalb County Police Department told Oxygen.com.

The dog died on the scene from its injuries, according to CBS 46.

Cambell told Oxygen.com police to not believe Copeland was the owner of the dog and do not know how the dog came into his possession. The dog was wearing a rabies tag that identified its owner as a resident of Cumming, Georgia.

DeKalb County Animal Services is working to make contact with that person.

Copeland has been charged with felony animal cruelty.

[Photo: DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office]

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