What Karl Collyer caught on camera last week happening on the street near his Flint, Michigan, home showed a puppy being abused, but it's the abuser that Collyer is even more worried about.
In the video posted on Facebook where it was shared thousands of times, Collyer captured a 4-year-old boy throwing the puppy named "Tippy" down on the pavement.
A 4-year-old boy was filmed abusing an 8-week-old puppy. The grandfather, who was tasked with watching the boy at the time, is now under investigation and the boy will receive professional help. (Image source: WNEM-TV)
"The video went on for a little while; that bothered me. But the kid is really the important part," Collyer told WNEM-TV Monday.
Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell, who was alerted to the incident by Collyer, told the Flint Journal he was "horrified" by what he saw. They boy threw the 8-week-old puppy on the ground repeatedly, sometimes landing it on its back or head.
"When you see the way he picked this puppy up and threw it again and again and again, you know it just didn't start," Pickell told WNEM.
Watch WNEM's report, which includes some of Collyer's disturbing video:
The puppy was taken for care by animal control, was found to be uninjured and will be put up for adoption for family.
As for its now previous owner, Kevin Stange, the grandfather of the 4-year-old boy, could face charges. Stange, Pickell wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday, was arrested Monday when he, a convicted felon, was found in possession of a firearm. Child protective services is conducting its own investigation as to the state of the 4-year-old's care.
"We've got to get this little boy help so that he doesn't do...down the road nothing worse happens," Pickell told WNEM.