[UPDATE Thursday, April 8, 1:50 pm] The Cedar Rapids Police Department in cooperation with Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control, has announced an arrest in an animal abuse case.

22-year-old Jayden D. Cliff of Cedar Rapids has been charged with Animal Abuse Causing Serious Injury. The charge is an aggravated misdemeanor. Authorities say he is accused of grabbing the 12-week-old dog pictured above and throwing it to the ground and then kicking the dog. The media release says, "This occurred after the puppy had defecated on a bed and continued to defecate on the floor after being thrown to the ground. The Golden Retriever puppy sustained serious injuries, including fractures."

Cliff was arrested and taken to the Linn County Jail.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department thanks the public for the tips provided, which assisted in their ongoing investigation into this case.

Linn County Jail
Linn County Jail

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According to KCRG, Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control is investigating a case of animal abuse involving a 12-week-old male Golden Retriever. The report states that on the morning of Thursday, April 1, Critter Crusaders of Cedar Rapids, an organization that "exists to provide and guide lifesaving advanced medical care for homeless or stray animals," got a phone call from someone concerned about an injured 12-week-old male Golden Retriever that they took in after a teenager left the puppy at their house.

KCRG states that the puppy may have "been slammed onto the ground causing injury." Those injuries consist of two fractured legs and a badly broken femur. The puppy, who Critter Crusaders has named Kimble, underwent surgery today and has been hospitalized since April 1. Now the public's help is needed to bring justice to this horrible situation.

Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control is conducting the investigation and asking for the public's help. Anyone with any information about the case is asked to call Animal Care and Control at (319) 286-5993. There's even a reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of those responsible. The Cedar Rapids Police Department shared photos of the poor pup.


Seeing photos of sweet Kimble in casts is heartbreaking to see, but we're glad he's in good hands now. Let's hope this little guy heals up fast and finds a forever family that will treat him like the prince he is.

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