Witness: Man purposefully drove over puppy

WAVY/Lauren Compton

YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) – Deputies say a man intentionally drove over a puppy Tuesday afternoon – killing it.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office said a witness told deputies a male suspect lowered a pit bull puppy onto the street from a vehicle as he was traveling southbound on Hubbard Lane toward Penniman Road. According to the witness, the man accelerated and ran the puppy over.

It died soon after, being only about five to eight weeks old.

“This is very disturbing because if you will do this to a dog, what else will you do?”said Lieutenant Dennis Ivy with the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office. “We’re very disturbed by this. The public is disturbed, and we’re upset for the people that had to witness this. It’s an awful thing.”

10 On Your Side talked to a witness who tried to help the animal. She asked us to conceal her identity.

“It was horrible,” she said. “It was horrific. I was up all night.”

The witness said she and a friend were sitting on her front porch when she saw a man in a dark blue van turn around in the cul de sac.

“The person in the van stopped, and as I turned away and my girlfriend said, ‘Oh my God,’ she started screaming, ‘Stop it! What are you doing? What are you doing?'”

That’s when they saw the man dropped a tan puppy into the road.

“I started running out this gate to get the puppy because it’s a busy street,” she said. “And, the guy saw me coming. He slammed the door and rolled over the puppy.”

The witness rushed to help the puppy, hoping her eyes had fooled her: “As I’m running up I’m saying, ‘Maybe I saw it wrong, maybe it’s a fox.’ Of course when I saw her I just picked her up and held her. Nobody should die alone like that.”

The witness, a dog trainer and animal lover herself, can hardly shake what she saw.

“All I could think of was the dog,” she said. “I was horrified. You just can’t believe that somebody would do something like this to an animal, a puppy.”

The suspect is described as a black man between 30 and 50 years old with short curly hair. The vehicle was a navy blue van or SUV with a thick, white stripe. It may be an older model Chevrolet.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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