VALLEY GRANDE, AL - The couple who posted pictures on Facebook of their puppy hanging from the ceiling have been charged with animal cruelty.
Last November, 26-year-old Caroline Dunnam and 23-year-old Andrew Parrish posted a picture of a two-month-old puppy hanging from the ceiling by its neck with the caption: “My poor baby.” As you might expect, people were not too happy with the picture, but Dunnam said she didn’t give a shit what people thought about hanging a puppy by the neck with a rope.
She’s may be regretting it now, especially after the picture went viral and someone tipped off police to the Facebook post. The mixed-breed puppy was removed from the home and the couple have now been charged with animal cruelty.
“They decided that they were going to hang a dog from the ceiling by its neck. The poor dog was hanging from the ceiling with some kind of rope around its neck,” said District Attorney Michael Jackson. “What their motivation was, we don’t know at this point. It’s still under investigation. It was just very callous to have it posted on Facebook. I guess they thought it was a joke or something to hang a poor little dog.”
The puppy, called “Timmy” by the staff at Selma Animal Hospital, suffered minor injuries that included a broken tooth. Rebecca Wilson, an employee at the animal hospital, said the four month old puppy is slowly coming out of his shell. She also said she’s glad that the couple are going to be prosecuted.
“I think it’s a good example for them to prosecute the owners. I think people will think twice about what they’re doing before they do it if they know that this is going to happen to them,” said Wilson.
Prosecutors say Dunnam and Parrish surrendered to authorities on Jan. 10 at the Dallas County jail and are free on $500 bond each.