Court adjourned in puppy throwing case - WNEM TV 5

Court adjourned in puppy throwing case

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -  A judge has adjourned the case against a Genesee County man whose 4-year-old grandson was videotaped throwing a puppy into the street. Kevin John Stange was scheduled to be in court Friday morning for a preliminary exam but the case has been adjourned for the time being.

Strange was arrested on several felony charges in September and is also facing felony assault charges for an alleged altercation with the man who originally called police, who is the same person who captured the video. Strange was also charged with felony firearm.

The disturbing video went viral and showed the 4-year-old boy repeatedly throwing a puppy into the street. Investigators said Strange was watching the boy at the time.

While the dog is doing fine, mental health experts said the boy in the video may need professional help. Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell couldn't help but wonder if this is normal behavior and where the boy learned it from.

"I just couldn't believe my eyes. When you see the way he picked this puppy up and threw it again and again and again, you know it just didn't start," Pickell said.

Nancy Rodda, director at Genesee Health Systems, said it's unclear from the video if the child has a history of aggression, but she said what is clear is that this behavior is not healthy for a young developing mind.

"The most important thing in a developing child is for them to learn to have compassion for others," she said.

According to Rodda, that includes animals. She fears what this aggression could lead to if not corrected soon.

As for the grandfather, one can only wonder what role he played in this very violent behavior. If convicted of animal abuse Strange could spend up to four years behind bars.

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