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Cedar Rapids man arrested in animal abuse case after puppy is seriously injured

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) -- The Cedar Rapids Police Department has arrested a suspect for animal abuse involving a 12-week old puppy male Golden Retriever, causing serious injuries.

22-year-old Jayden Cliff is accused of grabbing the Retriever, named Kimble, by the skin on the back of his neck and throwing him on the ground. Police say Cliff then kicked the puppy into another room.

This happened after police say the puppy had defecated on a bed and continued to defecate on the floor after being thrown to the ground.

CRPD conducted the investigation in coordination with Cedar Rapids Animal Care. Animal Care and Control were contacted by non-profit Critter Crusaders of Cedar Rapids, who were made aware of the situation on April 1.

Kimble has been hospitalized since April 1 and had surgery on April 6. The puppy has two fractured legs which include a right rear femur fracture and a right front metacarpal fracture.

Cliff is charged with Animal Abuse Causing Serious Injury and is currently in custody at the Linn County Correctional Center.

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