A man was arrested after he allegedly slammed a puppy against the window of a Texas convenience store in retaliation for an employee refusing to buy the animal, police said.
Police in McAllen arrested Brian Peter Campbell, 35, shortly before midnight on Oct. 11 and charged him with cruelty to a non-livestock animal, The Monitor reported.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by the outlet, Campbell was at Stripes and attempted to sell the puppy to store employee James Gonzalez.
The complaint states that after Gonzalez refused the offer because he had no money and didn’t want the puppy, the suspect allegedly told him: “I do not care, I will go to the back of the store and throw this puppy to the wall.”
The clerk asked Campbell to not injure the animal and followed him outside. The complaint states Campbell ignored the employee, who called 911 after the suspect allegedly began repeatedly slamming the puppy into the store’s window.
Responding officers wrote in the complaint that Campbell “was outside the convenience store with a brown puppy who was shaking and looked to be in distress” and he claimed that “he had only slammed the dog in the window due to him being off his medication.”
Police allege in the complaint that once Campbell was in custody, he said he was aware the clerk alerted authorities about the incident and knew where he lived.
Officers asked Campbell if he would harm Gonzales, and the complaint states he allegedly responded: “We will see once I get out of county [jail]. If I would have known that it was a felony, I would have just shot the dog.”
An officer reported an incident involving Campbell and a puppy earlier the same day at the store. According to the affidavit, in that incident, the puppy was initially calm but was in distress when the officer returned.
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