Animal Rights

Arizona Man Charged With Animal Cruelty For Smashing Puppy

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

A 22-year-old Arizona man is accused of repeatedly slamming a 10-week-old puppy into a wall while he was allegedly high on an unknown substance.

Narwaf Alharbey was arrested and charged with animal cruelty, aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, threatening, intimidating and assault, the Arizona Daily Sun reported.

Police were called to a Flagstaff home Thursday night after a woman says Alharbey showed up acting erratically. He was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center. After he was released, he returned to the woman’s home around 6:40 a.m. Friday.

The woman’s roommate claims she witnessed Alharbey, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs, grab the woman’s 10-week-old puppy by its head and neck swung it around and repeatedly slammed it into a wall. The puppy was unable to walk afterwards and fell down every time it stood up.

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The suspect fled the scene.

Northern Arizona University police located and arrested Alharbey around 9:20 a.m. Friday on the NAU campus. He is being held at Coconino County Detention Facility.

The puppy was treated for its injuries by a veterinarian, who determined it had no broken bones. It was diagnosed with inflammation and possible nerve damage and is being kept overnight for observation.

Last month an Arizona woman was charged with animal cruelty after at least 50 cats were found in deplorable condition in her million dollar Fountain Hills home.

Sharon Webber, 55, who worked as a rescue volunteer, was accused of animal hoarding when police found felines caked in urine and feces, Daily Mail reported.

“It was far worse than any homicide scene I've investigated,” Deputy Dave Evans said, adding “we were walking through literally two feet of feces.”

Sources: Arizona Daily Sun, Daily Mail

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