Man accused of kicking dog 'almost five metres into air'

A pet dog is lucky to be alive after a homeless man allegedly kicked her so hard during an unprovoked attack that her lung collapsed and she passed out.

Dylan McTaggert was arrested in Southern California and charged with kicking Sophie, who weighs just 6kg, at 2pm (local time) Friday, according to the Port Hueneme Police Department.

Officers called to a Port Hueneme beach car park said they found McTaggert “throwing punches” at one of the city’s lifeguards before he ran away.

The cops chased McTaggert down and detained him, when they learned he had earlier confronted a beachgoer with a small dog, which he kicked almost five metres into the air in an unprovoked attack.

Dylan McTaggert charged with animal cruelty after allegedly kicking a small dog in an unprovoked attack at at Southern California beach. Source: Port Hueneme Police Department

“The dog went into shock and was rendered unconscious,” the police department confirmed in a Facebook statement.

That incident is what prompted lifeguards to intervene and call the police.

“The small dog, known as Sophie, was kicked with so much force, she was diagnosed with having a collapsed lung and displaced heart,” police said.

The pooch is recovering at home in her owner’s care, who wished to remain anonymous.

Sophie had allegedly been kicked with so much force, she suffered a collapsed lung and displaced heart. Source: Port Hueneme Police Department
Sophie is now recovering at home in her owner’s care. Source: Port Hueneme Police Department

“It took 24 hours before she recognised us,” the owner told CBSLA.

“She’s wagged her tail a few times so it’s pretty exciting.”

McTaggert, who lives in an illegal beach camp, was arrested on charges of animal cruelty, fighting in public and assault on a lifeguard, police said.

He also has a history of disturbing beachgoers and is on probation for shoplifting and assaulting officers.

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