A school district employee from East Texas has been charged with animal cruelty after a surveillance video (shown below) caught the man tossing five puppies over a tall fence at the Humane Society of Harrison County's Pet Place.
Paul Warren Smith, 61, was reportedly caught parking his Marshall Independent School District vehicle outside of the Humane Society and then taking each puppy out of a cardboard box, one by one, and tossing them over the chain-link fence, reports NBCDFW.com.
Animal control was called after a passerby noticed the puppies lingering by the fence, reports 12 News.
When a caretaker from The Pet Place, which is a no-kill shelter, arrived at work Saturday, she found four of the puppies in the yard. The fifth puppy was discovered Monday, says director Kay Hill. It was determined that they were just 3 weeks old and are a Labrador mix. They're all healthy and didn't sustain injuries -- even the fifth puppy, who hid under a porch during a weekend thunderstorm that included hail.
The school district released the following statement after Smith's arrest: "MISD officials are aware of the incident. MISD will provide full cooperation with the Marshall Police Department. The employee has been placed on administrative leave pending further investigation."
Another school district employee has offered to care for the puppies until they are at least 8 weeks old, at which point they will be available for adoption.
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