GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -- A Michigan man could face charges after neighbors videotaped his grandson continually throwing a puppy into the street.
When Karl Collyer of Flint saw what his 4-year-old neighbor was doing to his new puppy last week, he says he couldn't just sit by and watch.
Collyer recorded the incident and then posted the video on Facebook. The video went viral with thousands wanting to know if the little lab mix pup was alright.
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"The video went on for a little while; that bothered me. But the kid is really the important part," said Collyer.
Collyer contacted Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell. After seeing the video himself, Pickell says it's obvious the dog isn't the only one who needs to be rescued.
"I just couldn't believe my eyes," says Pickell. "When you see the way he picked this puppy up and threw it again and again and again, you know it just didn't start."
The sheriff launched an investigation. He says the child's grandfather, Kevin Stange, actually owns the puppy.
The 4-year-old lives with his mother and grandfather.
Pickell says Stange was arrested Monday on unrelated charges and taken to jail. But he may soon be charged with animal abuse.
"We can't allow a little puppy to be treated like that. He also has two more dogs," says Pickell.
The sheriff says the dog has been removed from the home and is doing OK.
Arrangements are already being made to get the 4-year-old professional help. The dog will be put up for adoption.
Pickell plans to have the results of the investigation to the prosecutor by the end of the week to determine if there will be charges filed.
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