Medford Man Arrested for Animal Abuse

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MEDFORD, Ore. — A Medford man is under arrest for severely injuring a small dog.

Medford Police say on March 3rd, the dog’s owner handed it to his roommate after the dog urinated on the floor. The roommate, 29-year-old Christopher Lewis, then threw the dog 15 feet through the air into the backyard.

When the dog landed, it sustained serious injuries. Others in the home confronted Lewis about his actions and he left the residence. The dog was then taken to All Creatures Animal Hospital where it was treated for two broken legs, brain trauma, internal bleeding, and possible neck and jaw injuries.

The dog is a 2-month-old chihuahua named Whiskey. The dog’s owner, Joshua Prince, says it may never walk normally again.

“I’m emotionally wrecked. I’m confused. I’m still going through a lot, because he’s like my kid. I treat my animals like my kids,” Prince said.

Police later located Lewis in Medford and took him into custody. He now remains at the Jackson County Jail and is facing aggravated animal abuse in the 1st degree. His bail is set for $5,000.


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  1. Louise Hall says:

    I raise chihuahuas and would be willing to take this chihuahua in for the duration of his life. He will need intense care for the rest of his life with these injuries. I am willing to give it to him. Can you help contact owner and propose this to him>

    1. Newswatch 12 Staff says:

      The owner has not expressed an interest in giving up the dog, but if you are interested in helping him, you can contact him at 541-326-6847

  2. Nina says:

    How sad for the Owner and the little dog… I hope he mends well…

  3. Karen Thompson says:

    I hope they lock him up and throw away the key for a very long time. There’s absolutely no excuse for what he did.

  4. Hunter Martin says:

    Someone should set up a fund so people can donate and help pay for Whiskey’s medical expenses.

  5. Beth says:

    Let’s just hope that if Joshua has “real children” he doesn’t name them Whiskey.

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