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Man Accused Of 'Body Slamming' Dog In Downtown Madison
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Madison police said they arrested a man who picked up a dog and then threw it down on the pavement, injuring the dog, in downtown Madison on Saturday.

The dog's owner told police that the suspect "body slammed" his dog as he was out walking it just after 3 p.m. Saturday.

Police said the dog, named Malcolm, is a Labrador retriever at an estimated 12 years of age.

Malcolm was off-leash Saturday afternoon and walking through a pedestrian friendly area -- located between the 100 block of State Street and the 100 block of West Mifflin Street -- when the owner said Malcolm approached a man who began petting the dog.

Police said witnesses reported that the friendly overture was short-lived as the man suddenly hoisted Malcolm into the air.

Malcolm whined as his owner pleaded for his pet to be put down. Instead of returning Malcolm gently to the pavement, the suspect -- according to several witnesses -- threw him down, police said.

His owner saw Malcolm was noticeably limping after being thrown, police said.

Police said the dog's owner, a 44-year-old Madison man, got into a shoving match with the suspect as officers arrived to take Joseph La Rue, 46, no permanent address, into custody.

La Rue told the arresting officer he picked Malcolm up because the dog looked fat and he wanted to see how much the canine weighed, according to the Madison Police Department incident report.

La Rue was arrested on charges of abusing animals, disorderly conduct and resisting/obstructing an officer, according to the police incident report.

La Rue was taken to the Dane County Jail, where his preliminary breath test for alcohol measured 0.167, police said. The legal limit for drivers in Wisconsin is a blood/breath alcohol concentration of 0.08.

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