Confronted by Cops, Man Swings Dog at Them

Kansas man is charged with animal cruelty after nighttime stroll takes a bad turn
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2015 12:58 PM CDT

A suspicious man was reported Sunday night wandering with his dog through people's backyards in Park City, Kansas, and responding police say he wasn't especially cooperative, KSN reports. That man was 26-year-old Michael Rush, who a responding officer says reacted by swinging the poor pup on its leash to keep the officer at bay.

"I've never seen someone pick up a dog and swing it through the air to use it as a weapon before," the Park City Police chief says. Rush was eventually taken down with a stun gun and charged with animal cruelty, and the uninjured dog was taken into protective custody. "Everyone sees this little dog that's defenseless. It's disturbing," the police chief tells KSN. (This dog turned the tables when it accidentally shot its owner.)

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