Police: Man threw puppy against tree in drunken rage

Police: Man threw puppy against tree in drunken rage
Photo: Lewis County Sheriff’s Office
ETHEL, Wash. -- Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man who allegedly punched a puppy in the face and then threw it against a tree in a drunken rage early Friday.

Officials said the man's family called deputies about 12:45 a.m. and said he was out of control and hurting the puppy.

When they arrived at the house in the 100 block of Oyler Road, deputies found Jessie Pegram drunk in the street and asking to be arrested.

Pegram was taken into custody and booked into the Lewis County Jail for investigation of first-degree animal cruelty.

Officials said the injured German Shepherd puppy was taken to a veterinarian in Centralia and is expected to make a full recovery.