Published On: Wed, Apr 20th, 2016

Good Samaritans Rescue Dog After Woman Kicked it into Waterway, Police Say

By CRA News Service

A dog was fished from the Intracoastal Waterway this week after a woman allegedly tied it up in speaker wire, kicked it off a dock and walked away, police said.

Witnesses saw Jellybean struggling to stay afloat and quickly rescued it then called police.

“Klein’s method of tightly wrapping a wire around the dog’s neck, tying it to one back leg, and then pushing it into the [Intracoastal Waterway] is a premeditated action that will surely cause death of the animal if it had not been rescued,” according to the police report.

Police on Monday charged Eva Lee Klein with animal cruelty, a felony, in the incident at Silver Palm Park. She was released from the Palm Beach County Jail Tuesday on $3,000 bond, according to jail records.

Greg Bunch was fishing on the dock Sunday night when he heard a dog whimpering in the water at the north end of the dock near a drawbridge.

He saw the dog, called a boater nearby and they pulled the Lhasa Apso and Shih Tzu mix to safety, police said.

Bunch used a pocket knife to cut the speaker wire from around Jellybean’s neck and one of its back legs, police said. He told police that Klein, 60, told him earlier that she lives on the other side of the Intracoastal and that Jellybean liked to swim from one side of the Waterway to the other.  

The dog was taken to a nearby animal hospital where it remained until police took it to the station on Monday.

Jellybean then spent part of the day with police dispatchers until Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control officers picked it up.

The dog will remain at the shelter until the criminal investigation is complete. Animal Care and Control officials will seek go to court to get ownership of Jellybean, who will be up for adoption after.

Police found a microchip in the dog and tracked it to Richard Ostrovski, who told them the dog belonged to his mother, Klein. She told police and reporters the dog, she called Chappy, got tangled in wires and fell into the water.

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