Puppy thrown over bridge rescued, adopted by Michigan police officer

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An adult suspect in the case was charged with animal torture. Another suspect was sent to juvenile court as they are a minor.

An adult suspect in the case was charged with animal torture. Another suspect was sent to juvenile court as they are a minor.

Photo provided/Sault Ste. Marie Police Department

A puppy in Michigan's Upper Peninsula found a new home with one of the officers who saved it after being thrown over a bridge last week.

Officers for the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department rescued the puppy dropped over the edge of the Spruce Street Bridge on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Sault Ste. Marie, according to a Monday, Nov. 21, Facebook post by the department.

The responding officers said the puppy dropped several feet into a fenced area on the bank of the Cloverland Power Canal. And due to the swift-flowing water in the canal, she had no way to escape with temperatures in the low to mid-20s, according to the department in the post.

To recover her, one of the officers climbed down over the bridge into the fenced area, according to the post. He scooped the puppy up before passing her over the top of the fence to another officer waiting on the bridge above. She was then placed in a warm car and taken to the Chippewa County Animal Shelter to be evaluated.

The shelter found she was uninjured in the incident. She is now in the care of one of the responding officers who adopted her and named her Clove, according to a comment left by Jenna Nousen, a sibling of the officer who took her home, on the Facebook post. 

The people who discarded the puppy were identified after officers located video surveillance footage of the incident with the community's help on social media. One of the suspects can be seen picking up the puppy and placing her over the bridge before walking away in the video below.

Two people, one adult and one juvenile have been charged in the case, according to the post.

The adult, Jasmine Elise Clark, was charged with third-degree animal torture, a felony that carries a punishment of imprisonment for up to four years. Clark was arraigned on Nov. 18 in the 91st District Court. Her bond was set at $10,000.

The juvenile, whose name is not expected to be released, has been referred to the 50th Circuit Court, which is a juvenile court.