Driver is pictured hurling a puppy out of his car window – before starving dog Apollo is rescued by North Carolina animal shelter
- A puppy has been rescued after being ‘violently’ hurled outside a car window
- It happened outside PAWS Bryson city animal shelter in North Carolina
- The man responsible has been arrested and is facing animal cruelty charges
Shocking pictures have emerged of the moment a driver hurled a puppy out of his car window, leaving the animal to fend for itself in North Carolina.
The images show the malnourished dog flying through the air after being launched from the vehicle near PAWS animal shelter in Bryson.
The abandoned pet wandered alone for days before it was found starving and covered in fleas, with staff from the center taking him into their care and naming him Apollo.
In a Facebook post, they shared images of the ‘heartbreaking’ CCTV footage and pleaded for the public’s help to identify the man responsible and find the injured pup.
They said that even though their gate was open, the man still ‘chose to sling’ the puppy out of his window.
Shocking pictures have emerged of the moment a driver hurled a puppy out of his car window, leaving the animal to fend for itself in North Carolina
The images show the malnourished dog flying through the air after being launched from the vehicle near PAWS animal shelter in Bryson
The video itself was so ‘heartbreaking’ that the shelter didn’t want to share it.
They said ‘We wish the person that did this would have done the right thing and drove on through the gates so we could assist them rather than slinging this poor innocent dog out the window.’
PAWS urged the public to help look for the dog and bring it to safety.
Four days after the desperate plea for help, the shelter confirmed that the abandoned puppy was thankfully found on September 12 and in their care.
However, the poor animal was ‘malnourished and loaded down with fleas and parasites’.
He also has some small abrasions and two small fractures from the brutal throw.
The man responsible has since been identified, arrested and is facing animal cruelty charges, the Director of PAWS Beth Stroud told USA Today.
In a Facebook post, they shared images of the ‘heartbreaking’ CCTV footage and pleaded for the public’s help to identify the man responsible and find the injured pup
Nearly a week after the desperate plea for help, PAWS confirmed that the puppy was thankfully found
PAWS said that ‘considering what he’s been through he’s doing awesome’ and staff lost sleep over trying to find the pup as it ‘took a village’ to find him.
In a Facebook post, the shelter wrote ‘Little Apollo (the name given by PAWS staff) wants to thank everyone for all the prayers over the past few days and thanks to everyone that went out searching for him.
‘He knows everyone has been worried sick over him after seeing the video of him being thrown violently from a vehicle.’
The post has over 500 comments expressing relief that little Apollo was found and anger at the man responsible.
One person wrote ‘Thankful he was found and is now in your hands… I also hope the ones that threw him out are found and karma catches them.’
Others added ‘Literally crying. I’m so happy he was found and now safe!’ and ‘I have looked for him and thought about him daily since seeing the post! Soooooo extremely happy he is safe and getting much deserved love’.