Man charged with animal cruelty after dog punching video

Grand Rapids

Warning: The video above shows violence against an animal. Viewer discretion is advised.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty after a video showed a dog being punched repeatedly in Grand Rapids.

An undated booking photo of Jon Robert Wilcox. (courtesy)

The dog, Higgins, is now safe.

Jon Robert Wilcox, 25, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Ottawa County. The Kent County Prosecutor says he has been charged with animal cruelty, a misdemeanor punishable by 93 days in jail, a $1,000 fine and up to 200 hours of community service.

The court may also order psychiatrist evaluation.

Wilcox was allegedly captured on camera Friday repeatedly punching his dog, Higgins. It happened outside off Wilcox’s place of employment, called Fide Freight, a company that ships hemp and other products.

The video was recorded outside of their location on the northwest side of Grand Rapids, just south of Ann Street.

The company put out a statement Tuesday, saying in part:

“Fide doesn’t stand by this behavior and has since released this employee.  … Fide very much loves our furry community in the office and provides our critters with their own beds, treats and love from our employees daily.”

“We have also committed to donating to a few local shelters in the Grand Rapids area. We understand this doesn’t make a difference to the situation that took place, but we hope to support the shelters that support the animals in need.”

Fide Freight
A photo of Higgins. (courtesy)

Higgins will remain in the care of Kent County until the case is complete.

It seems all of West Michigan wants to adopt him, but the animal shelter says please don’t call — there is no adoption wait list. But there are plenty of other dogs that need a good home that are up for adoption right now at the Kent County Animal Shelter.

If you see animal abuse, report it immediately.

Wilcox’s arraignment has not yet been scheduled.

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