TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Noah Pascal, 23, of Troy, has been arrested after a video shared online allegedly showed him grabbing a puppy by the neck and throwing it from his rear porch. Pascal is facing two misdemeanor charges of injuring an animal and one count of resisting arrest.
When officers arrived at Pascal’s Fourth Avenue address earlier this week to make the arrest, the suspect allegedly fled with the dog. Investigators then filed for warrants, which were granted, but police say they still had to force their way into the residence.
Officers became aware of the situation after receiving both the video and online tips regarding the abuse. “We rely tremendously on the public. Those web tips…we get them all the time about all kinds of different activities that goes on from littering, to drug sales, to things like this,” says Troy Deputy Chief Dan DeWolf.
One of the incidents of injuring an animal Pascal is being charged with relates to an incident in April that police became aware of on May 7. He has been released on an appearance ticket. “He’ll go through the courts with his charges, but what really matters is the safety of the animal…Our primary objective was really to get the dog. Obviously we want to lock him up for what he did wrong, but we were really looking for the safety of the animal,” says DeWolf.
Police are unsure of the dog’s exact age, but it is believed to be between four and five months old. The animal is now safe in police custody. Troy Police Department Animal Control Officer Kevin McDonough will have the dog for a few days, but there is no word on where the animal will go next.