“He just reached over and threw me out of the way,” the woman said. “He grabbed my friend’s puppy and slammed him into the ground. He’s dead. He killed him and he should have to go to jail for that.”
Police in San Francisco are searching for a suspect in a horrific case of felony animal abuse that happened over the weekend. The incident was captured in disturbing surveillance video from a convenience store.
A woman became embroiled in an argument with her friend’s boyfriend. The footage shows the man, Delos Gallon, throw canned goods at the woman. Eventually he snatched a four-month-old Cocker Spaniel out of her hands and threw the dog to the ground.
The dog died at the scene from his injuries.
Here’s the story from San Francisco Bay Area CBS:
Police said the man in the video was arguing with a woman inside a store on Turk Street Saturday morning.
During the argument, he is seen grabbing the woman’s Cocker Spaniel puppy and slamming the small dog to the floor.
The four-month-old dog — named Prince — did not survive the impact.
Police identified the suspect as 23-year-old San Francisco resident Delos Gallon.
He is wanted on domestic violence, kidnapping, and felony animal cruelty charges.
Police say he has a prior arrest for a firearms violation and should be considered armed and dangerous.
This story is a perfect textbook illustration of the link between violence against animals and hurting a human being. The man in this case makes no distinction between the dog or the woman and is intent on hurting them both. There have been numerous peer-reviewed, scientific studies that correlate abuse directed at an animal with subsequent violent criminal activity.
If you know someone that is hurting an animal, speak up. Contact your local police department and report them. You could unwittingly be saving the animal’s life or the life of an endangered person.
Additionally, if you find yourself in a situation where you believe you are in danger, here are a few basic guidelines. Don’t argue or engage the person. First, remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible. Once you are safe, then call local law enforcement and follow their instructions to the letter. While it’s tempting to try to deal with the situation yourself, repeated experience shows it’s best to let trained police officers handle it.
How much time in jail should this monster get?