A man allegedly threw Mardi Gras beads at a K-9 police dog in an act of hostility towards the dog.
The incident reportedly happened at the Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras parade. Vernon Cotton allegedly threw wrapped-up beads at the dog. Sadly, the beads apparently hit the dog in the face. The beads likely injured the dog, as they were said to be the size of a basketball. Authorities report that the beads were purposely thrown at the animal, since the officer and the dog were the only ones standing near the parade float when it passed.
Although Cotton was booked on a Simple Cruelty to Animals charge, he was released shortly afterward.
The man allegedly threw the beads at the dog while on a parade float at the Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras parade. Unfortunately, the dog was said to be hit hard in the face and likely suffered a great amount of pain, since the beads were thought to weigh as much as a basketball.
Cotton was immediately arrested for this alleged crime, however he was then granted permission to go home without further investigation.
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