UPDATE: Dog thrown off bridge now up for adoption - WNCT

UPDATE: Dog thrown off bridge now up for adoption

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NEW BERN, N.C. -

A dog thrown off a Craven County bridge earlier this month is now up for adoption.

Police say on June 15, a man threw the young hound mix off the Alfred Cunningham Bridge in New Bern because he was annoyed the dog was following him.

36-year-old Samuel Drew is now charged with felony animal cruelty.

Police say Drew also tried to throw a second dog over the bridge, but it escaped.

On Tuesday a rescue group called Saving Grace picked up both dogs at the Craven-Pamlico Animal Services Center.

They took the dogs to Wake Forest, near Raleigh, where they'll be put up for adoption.

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A Craven County man police say threw a dog over a bridge made his first court appearance Monday morning.

Police say 36-year-old Samuel Drew picked up a young hound mix that was following him on the Alfred A. Cunningham Bridge and threw it into the Trent River Saturday around noon.

Drew is now charged with felony animal cruelty.

Court documents say Drew intended to drown the dog, and police say he even tried to throw a second dog over the Alfred Cunningham Bridge, but that dog, a pit bull mix, escaped.

Both dogs are in the Craven-Pamlico Animal Services Center doing OK, said animal control supervisor Trinity Smith. They were traveling together and it is unknown whether the dogs have an owner. If an owner does not step forward, they will be put up for adoption, Smith said.

"I think it's a sign of the time, the man being abusive to the animal. I know he might have been afraid, but I think he could have found another way to handle the situation without throwing the poor animal in the water," said Grace Hudson, an Arapahoe resident.

The dog thrown into the water bit a Good Samaritan in a boat who tried to help it out of the water, but that person did not give police their name or go to the hospital, said Smith.

Drew is in the Craven County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

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