Janesville police: Report of puppy thrown off bridge is false

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Gazette staff
Friday, October 13, 2017

JANESVILLE – Janesville police have determined the report of a puppy thrown off a bridge into the Rock River on Wednesday is false, according to a press release from the police department.

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin on Wednesday reported that a 10-month-old puppy, a male terrier mix, was delivered to the human society by a man who said he was fishing on Veterans Memorial Bridge.

The man told staffers he saw a child walk the puppy up the bridge, unhook the leash and throw the dog into the river, Brett Frazier, humane society executive director, said in an email to The Gazette.

Frazier said the humane society contacted the police in case the dog was stolen.

While investigating the incident, an officer interviewed the man who turned the dog into the humane society, according to a press release.

It was discovered that the story was a fabrication to avoid paying a fee to the humane society to surrender the dog, the press release states.

No criminal charges will be filed because no false statements were made to police, according to the press release.

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