A Texas school district employee was arrested after he was allegedly captured on surveillance video throwing five small puppies over the fence of a no-kill animal shelter, authorities said Monday.
The incident, which occurred in the 1900 block of Jefferson Avenue, was reported shortly before 9 a.m., according to a news release from the Marshall Police Department.
Paul Warren Smith, 61, was taken into custody on an animal cruelty charge after a community member saw a copy of the disturbing surveillance video on social media and identified him to police, the release stated.
Smith, an employee of the Marshall Independent School District, was interviewed by detectives and subsequently arrested, according to police.
He was later transferred to Harrison County Jail.
“The Marshall Police Department, along with the Marshall Animal Shelter, feels strongly that any animal should be treated humanely,” Marshall police Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa said in the release. “I would like to thank the citizens who contacted the Police Department with this information, helping to close this case quickly.”
All five puppies appeared to be OK and were resting at a shelter, according to the police chief.