Pawtucket man accused of throwing dog off deck


PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — A Pawtucket man was arrested last week after an eyewitness reported seeing him throw a dog from a first-floor deck.

Around 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, police were called to Branch Street to assist R.I. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) with an animal cruelty case, according to the arrest report obtained by Eyewitness News.

Police said they met with RISPCA Officer Earl Newman, who said the suspect was described as a white male with a short beard and two piercings in his face, near his chin.

Newman said when he spoke to the suspect the previous day, he identified himself as “Anthony Williams” but did not have any identification on him.

Newman told the suspect, who was later identified as Tony Rowland, that he was under arrest, but Rowland fled through a window.

When the officers returned, they said Rowland again tried to escape while they were speaking to his roommate, but police were able to apprehend him.

Rowland, 25, was charged with malicious injuries to animals. He’s due to appear in court at a later date.

The dog, named Snoopy, suffered a leg injury, according to police. He’s currently being cared for at the RISPCA and will soon be put up for adoption.

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