A Little Rock man was arrested by Conway police Friday after he allegedly threw a dog into traffic on Highway 65.

Doyle Scroggin, 37, was arrested for felony animal cruelty and suspicion of DUI after witnesses say he threw the animal onto the highway.

According to Major Andy Shock with the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office, citizens alerted officers after Scroggin allegedly stopped his vehicle in the middle lane of Highway 65 just north of the Greenbrier Animal Clinic. Witnesses said he got out of his car and removed the dog from the back seat. According to statements, he then threw the dog into the highway and kicked it before driving away.

The dog was hit by oncoming traffic. Shock said the staff of Greenbrier Animal Clinic rescued the dog and were working to save its life.

More witnesses called police after the suspect passed a vehicle using the shoulder of the road and ran a stop sign near Spring Hill.

He was arrested shortly after in Conway. Shock said Conway police found nothing unusual in the vehicle, but the suspect was possibly under the influence of narcotics.

Scroggin was transported to the Faulkner County Detention Center Unit II.

"Actions like this cannot be tolerated," Shock said. "For a man to throw a dog into traffic and kick it, something is just not right."

Shock said a positive outcome of the situation was the quick response of witnesses.

"We can’t be everywhere all the time," Shock said. "We’re really pleased that we have citizens that get involved."

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