Deputies arrested a man Wednesday morning accused of throwing a puppy over the fence of the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society animal shelter over the weekend, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Richard Hawn, 38, 3228 Toulon Drive, was booked early Wednesday with cruelty to animals and with traffic warrants.
An anonymous caller contacted the Sheriff’s Office Tuesday night and told deputies the man’s name and location, according to the Sheriff’s Office release. The caller had seen the report on the news.
The hound mix puppy, called “Jimmy” by shelter workers, seems to be in good condition following the incident, Glenda Parks, a board member with the society, has said.
Parks said Wednesday morning that a visit with a veterinarian has been scheduled for Thursday and pending the results, Jimmy will be available for adoption Saturday at the Quinn Drive shelter from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Parks said shelter volunteers have already fielded many phone calls and requests from folks who want to adopt Jimmy.
“Every time there is a story, people line up to adopt,” Parks said.
“We are going to make sure to find Jimmy a good home,” Parks said.