Joshua Phillips, 33, of 1125 St. Christopher Drive, Russell, Ky., was arrested about noon Wednesday.
Joshua Phillips, 33, of 1125 St. Christopher Drive, Russell, Ky., was arrested about noon Wednesday.

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Kentucky man arrested after dog thrown out car window

Published 10:12am Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Kentucky man is now in jail after being arrested in connection with a dog being thrown out of a moving car.

Joshua Phillips, 33, of 1125 St. Christopher Drive, Russell, Ky., was arrested about noon Wednesday in the parking lot at Country Hearth Inn in South Point. Phillips was found asleep in the car when Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies arrived.

According to a release from Sheriff Jeff Lawless, a report was made Monday that a chihuahua had been thrown out the window of a moving car on U.S. 52 near the Solida Road exit.

The witness, Chris Hutchinson, followed the vehicle and took photos of the license plate number.

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

Hutchinson said two Marshall University students rescued the dog from the side of the road and later Hutchinson decided to adopt the dog. The dog was treated for minor injuries.

When investigating the plate number, detectives found that the vehicle belonged to a construction company based in Ashland, Ky. According to the release, the company cooperated with detectives and told them who the vehicle was assigned to and where it could be found.

Phillips was charged with cruelty to animals, a second-degree misdemeanor, and will be arraigned Friday in Lawrence County Municipal Court.

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